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Old 03-31-2014, 02:29 PM   #11
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I called around and none of them had it in store, plus it is more expensive at pool stores. I cant do it right away anyways because of my work schedule so for me waiting a couple days isnt a big deal.
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Old 04-01-2014, 03:33 PM   #12
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Ok, so I've been doing a lot of reading up on the subject and there are a ton of different opinions. Anyone who has done this process themselves please chime in. I have heard from some people that you should do a little bit at a time to avoid freaking your fish out too much then others said they did it all at once to not drag out the stress. Both theories hold water in my opinion so if anyone could help tip the scales one way or another that would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 04-01-2014, 04:08 PM   #13
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I've had my tank for about 5 years now with gravel and have given much thought about converting to sand this year. Just wondering the best way to do it. and how to move the fish since 3 are as big as (if not bigger than) the net I have.

Would love to see the Before & After shots
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Old 04-01-2014, 04:12 PM   #14
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I will definately post before/afters! I am very excited about the change just cant wait to get it over with so I dont have to think about it so much!
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Old 04-01-2014, 04:20 PM   #15
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i use pfs from lowes...~$6 after tax

rinsed in a large bucket until no cloudiness and all smaller particles were gone...

emptied half the tank water, all of the decorations, and almost all of the old substrate (leave some for bb and what not)...fish stay in...

*turn off filtration...

add sand with an 1 liter or so container...just lower it in and empty...no clouding and all sinks instantly due to the rinsing...

add decorations back into tank...refill (use a plate if desired to not splash sand around)...resume filtration...

it's not much different than any other pwc to the fish and they get a new substrate they can play with...
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My fear would be removing the old substrate and the mess that might mix up.

I've read you can trim a milk jug as a shovel with holes in the lid to let the water out while just removing the gravel.

*I've been thinking of it since Thanksgiving of last year when i finally bought a canister filter. Almost went out around Christmas but then figured that would be lots of trips to the tub since using hose water would be too cold for the sand. I'd want to rinse it in water temp floe so there is no drastic temp change.
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Old 04-01-2014, 04:44 PM   #17
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If really recommend moving your fish into a holding tub with a heater and air stone, my substrate was only 3 months old and the amount of crap in it was astounding.. I'd be nervous to poison the fish with all that mess, your substrate does not contain all that much bb, most if it resides in your filter. As long as you keep the filter damp in tank water than removing all your substrate and wiping down the whole tank will be fine. I sucked all my substrate out with a shop vac and it was a breeze.. Added the fish and filters back, no problems, smooth as could be..
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Old 04-02-2014, 11:40 AM   #18
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As far as my bb goes I was planning on putting gravel in mesh bags and leaving that in for a few weeks to help keep things running smooth. But I am kind of leaning toward taking the old substrate out a few days prior to adding the sand so all the muck can settle down/be vacuumed. I think I'm going to play it by ear as far as whether or not I'll be removing my fish or not.

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Before and after! It went great! I removed all the gravel about a week ago and let my tank settle down then yesterday I put the sand and decorations in. My fish were stressed a bit but nothing terrible. I think it would have been much more stressful to have removed them from the tank in all honesty. I just cannot get over what a huge difference it makes in the appearance of my tank! Plus my goldies seem to really love sifting through the sand! Couldnt be any happier with my decision. I used the pool filter sand and it was so great to work with, cleaned quickly, sank right to the bottom and hardly clouded up the tank at all. Very happy to have had such a great experience with this!
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Wow. Looks nice! Now I really want to do that with my tank. I asked at Lowes for PFS but they were confused and pointed me to the play sand. I looked over there earlier in case they stuck it there.

So removed the gravel. Wait. Add the sand. All while leaving the fish in there?

And I'd need to get some more plants in mine.
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