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Old 04-13-2014, 02:44 PM   #21
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Yep, never took them out. Just was super careful around them. Do you have ace hardware around you? Ordered it online because it was the only place I could find it. And everywhere I went they also had no clue what I was talking about. Very easy process and beautiful end result! I look forward to seeing some pictures of your aquarium!

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Old 04-13-2014, 10:14 PM   #22
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I'll have to look, we have a TrueValue around. When i tried to explain what i was looking for the guy behind was trying to say "for a pool" and then on the way to the car he stopped by and said to check WalMart as he buys his salt for this filter there. *I just hate going to/in a walmart*

Did you use a colander or a scoop with holes to keep the water in the tank and only take out the gravel without disturbing a lot of any "stuff" hidden below.
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Old 04-13-2014, 10:31 PM   #23
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Pool supply store would be a sure bet, you can explain to the hardware store is used in the actual pool filter...
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I just poked holes in a red solo cop and used that. Before I took out any gravel though I siphoned the hell out of the gravel but it still kicked up a ton of muck. Letting things sit for a couple days let the filter do it's job and it cleared up in no time. I also did another water change to get anything too heavy to float up to the filter. All in all it was a very uncomplicated project, just too patience.

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Old 04-14-2014, 10:55 PM   #25
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Another question. How did you out the new sand in?
Cup method?
Using a long funnel or tube to get it to the bottom?
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Old 04-14-2014, 10:58 PM   #26
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I used a solo cup.,
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Old 04-15-2014, 01:56 AM   #27
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I just took one of those big lemonade cups you get at festivals and brought it all the way to the bottom and carefully dumped it.
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thanks...good to know.
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Old 04-17-2014, 01:05 PM   #29
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I called a few places to find the sand. then remembered a guy from church who cleans pools and asked him. I am on my way to getting some sand to change mine over. trying to plan on how and when to do things.

Thanks for the thread and showing the Before and After
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You're welcome! The best advice I can give is to not overthink it, just do it! I spent a week trying to plan and think of the best way to do it and it just drove me nuts! Come up with the most basic of plans and go with it! You'll be happy with the results! And make sure not to make the sand any deeper than 1 1/2 inches to avoid gas build up!!
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