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Old 08-14-2013, 11:31 PM   #1
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Substrate switch ?

I currently have white gravel in my 55 gallon tank. I am seriously thinking about switching it out because it is starting to get pretty stained. I would like to replace it with another color of gravel. My levels are all fine, it just isn't looking the best.

Is this a good idea? Is there a way to do it without emptying the tank? If so, what is the best way to do it?
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Old 08-15-2013, 05:29 PM   #2
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Any suggestion or information??
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Old 08-15-2013, 06:22 PM   #3
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You really can't take out gravel without emptying the tank. If you really don't want to empty the tank then maybe you can put a different gravel OVER the old gravel.
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:13 PM   #4
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Any suggestion or information??
Well heres a thread i started a couple days ago im swithing from gravel to sand

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/forums...te-274438.html
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Ok I took a look at it and very helpful.

I plan to replace with gravel. I have never had sand and not sure how tough it is to keep clean?!
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Old 08-17-2013, 09:56 AM   #6
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I switched from gravel to sand & love it!
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Old 08-17-2013, 10:19 AM   #7
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I switched from gravel to sand & love it!
Me too best move I made it just looks so much more natural,
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Is it easy to keep clean. I just use a gravel vacuum will it suck the sand thru it ?
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Is it easy to keep clean. I just use a gravel vacuum will it suck the sand thru it ?
You use a gravel vac 1" above the surface of the sand. Its better then gravel because poo doesnt get stuck inside the sand. If you do it, lowes or home depot sells pool filter sand for 5 $ for a 50lb bag. Make sure you wash it like crazy before you put it in your tank
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Ok I took a look at it and very helpful.

I plan to replace with gravel. I have never had sand and not sure how tough it is to keep clean?!
Yeah no problem
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How much sand would i need for my 55 gallon?
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Yeah no problem
Go to a home depot pick up some pool filter sand rinse it really well for 15-20 mins and put it in. It costs 7 bucks for 50 pounds that should be ok for a 55g
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How much sand would i need for my 55 gallon?
Fill the bottom of the tank with 2-3 inchs of sand all around
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Old 08-17-2013, 01:43 PM   #14
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One bag will be ok
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Old 08-17-2013, 01:54 PM   #15
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Switch to a quality Sand substrate, and you'll never look at Gravel again!
Black brings out the most color, I just switched from Naturals white to Carib Tahitian Moon Sand, beautiful, easy maintenance, and cleaning....I will never clean a gravel tank again lol.
Good luck!
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Switch to a quality Sand substrate, and you'll never look at Gravel again!
Black brings out the most color, I just switched from Naturals white to Carib Tahitian Moon Sand, beautiful, easy maintenance, and cleaning....I will never clean a gravel tank again lol.
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That costs 25$ right? Pool filter sand is a cheap and awesome alternative to spending 25$ on 20 pounds of black sand while you can get 50 pounds of pool filter sand for 1/5 of that price
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That natural black sand sounds like it would be pretty sweet looking.
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That natural black sand sounds like it would be pretty sweet looking.
It is! DON'T use black sand blasting sand. It contains quite a bit of different materials and its actually iron slag and contains oils and metals
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Ok good to know.
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I have both light colored pool filter sand and black diamond blasting sand in all but one of my tanks. I like them both and have never had an issue with water quality with either. I prefer light colored sand myself since it looks more natural to my eyes. Whatever you choose, I bet you will love it.
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