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Old 04-17-2014, 02:20 PM   #31
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I just converted my 29g to play sand and am liking it so far. I've heard about play sand stirring up easily, and it does, but it also seems to settle fairly quickly. Also it don't vacuum up as badly as I have heard.

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Old 04-17-2014, 09:10 PM   #32
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That's why I chose the pool filter sand, it's nice and heavy so it doesn't get sucked up like I had imagined it would. It's also easier to clean than play sand.

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Old 05-02-2014, 12:17 PM   #33
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So, last week I started to remove gravel...holy cow, I must have bought a lot when i first did my tank.
I've been siphoning the gravel, and then pulling some out every few days. there are times when things get very stirred up. Thankfully the Canister Filter makes it clear quickly.

I plan on buying the PFS today.

I am not sure of any benefit but wondering if I could leave a tiny layer of gravel...if that would do anything at all. Trying to scoop it hasn't been the easiest. The Milk Jug "shovel/scoop" bends a lot more than i expected.

I know some say to leave some gravel in the tank (think I read someone used new-washed pantyhose to hang the gravel to help the Bio Load. Could some of the gravel be placed in the filter?
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Old 05-02-2014, 12:23 PM   #34
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I would certainly consider that and keeping a bucket or two of the old water to return to the tank (if water is still suitable).

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Old 05-02-2014, 12:26 PM   #35
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Thanks, Good idea on the buckets of tank water to pour back in.
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Old 05-02-2014, 12:33 PM   #36
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Most of your bacteria will be in the filter and gravel. The water will certainly add "that extra little bit" to help get the cycle underway. Also, don't clean the filter and leave it full of water.

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Old 05-02-2014, 12:42 PM   #37
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I stripped down my whole tank, scrubbed out the entire thing, no old gravel, 50% of the old tank water back in with new pfs, kept all the filter media in tank water to preserve bb, absolutely no mini cycle whatsoever upon firing it back up. 98% of your bb resides in the filter, that last lowest layer of gravel is where the nasty poo sludge is that you'd be best in removing while you have access...
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Old 05-02-2014, 01:09 PM   #38
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I agree with brookster. That ids going to hide any muck that you have in the tank plus when you add the sand all those rocks will end up on top of the sand. I used red solo cups with holes poked in them to remove the gravel, it worked way better than the milk jug. Then I just put some of the gravel back in the cops and say them in the tank while I waited for my sand. But as brookster already said the majority of your bb is already in your filter, there is a lot in you gravel too but it doesn't reside in the water column at all. Good this helps! Feel free to ask any questions!

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Old 05-02-2014, 03:18 PM   #39
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Thanks everyone!

hoping to get something done this weekend. Glad I bought extra buckets (new) to have on hand.

and maybe getting some new decor will be good as well. I've been taking some stuff out like the fake plants that have torn or algae growth on them.
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Old 05-04-2014, 11:17 PM   #40
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Well, I made the switch yesterday. My son asked why he couldn't see the fish. Today, the tank is clear again.

Feeling good now. I need to adjust the landscaping and get some more plants.

Thanks for all the info along the way.
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