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DBXBO1I 01-27-2009 01:44 PM

Adding substrate to existing tank
 
Hi everybody. I've had a 20g tank for about a year with no fish up until just last week. I'm wondering if its possible to add more substrate to my tank. I have less then an inch.

I have about 20lbs of live rock, 5 hermit crabs, 5 snails, and one percula clownfish.

-thanks

Erok7620 01-27-2009 01:46 PM

Sure, just get some sand or whatever you use, rinse it and pour it on top. I add some new sand every few months due to loss of sand while siphoning and just because it makes the tank look nice.

pat8you 01-27-2009 03:04 PM

It helps if you get a piece of PVC pipe and pour the sand down the pipe right onto the bottom. This keeps the sand storm to a minimum. Also make sure you rinse the new substrate very well and consider running a sock or filter pad for a day or two in order to clear the tank as quickly as possible to not disturb the fish. Clowns are hardy though and i'm sure he will do just fine.

melosu58 01-27-2009 03:44 PM

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Originally Posted by pat8you (Post 947599)
It helps if you get a piece of PVC pipe and pour the sand down the pipe right onto the bottom. This keeps the sand storm to a minimum. Also make sure you rinse the new substrate very well and consider running a sock or filter pad for a day or two in order to clear the tank as quickly as possible to not disturb the fish. Clowns are hardy though and i'm sure he will do just fine.

This is what I do also. Good suggestion.

pat8you 01-27-2009 07:25 PM

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This is what I do also. Good suggestion.
I believe this is where i originally got the idea from.

CluelessInNY 02-06-2009 04:22 PM

I did it...rinse the sand thoroughly, and drop it in through a pipe as close to the bottom as you can. The water WILL cloud no matter how hard you try, but I added a full inch to my 20 gallon and it cleared within about 6-8 hours. My clownfish never even moved from his favorite spot. Love that guy!
Good luck!

melosu58 02-06-2009 06:09 PM

I love a happy ending. LOL


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