Posted: 2008.02.06(Wed)11:28 Post subject: Changing from gravel to sand???
Hey guys, I have a 55 gallon fish tank, with blue, pink, black, and white gravel, and want to go with a more natural look, and was wanting to change it to sand on the bottom, and wanted to get people take on it, is it even possible, which kind to use, how much sand to use, is it safe, cleanign of it? And also wanted to know about plants, I wanted to use real plants, but not sure on how to get them started, or where to get them at, lighting, etc? Thanks for any input, Tom
I can see where it would be a bit daunting for a new member to search over the many topics on switching substrate.
First of all, what is your ultimate goal? I know you mentioned having live plants. Plants do perfectly well in sand. Are you planning on keeping bottom dwellers such as cories or loaches? If so, you'll want to choose a sand that has smooth, small grains.
What kind of sand is readily available to you? Do you have a Lowes, Home Depot, or Menards store near you? What kind of sand does your LFS (lcoal fish store) carry? Do you prefer light or dark substrate?
As far as plants are concerned, what is your current lighting? Do you plan on injecting CO2? Personally, I do not inject CO2 but instead select low light species of plants. If you browse through the Garden section of this site, you can get some ideas of some plants you would like to keep.
If you can answer some of my questions regarding your ultimate plans for your tank/substrate, I can definitely help you with the substrate changing out process. I've changed out the substrate in my own tanks several times. _________________ Dumpster Tank Nano Fish Mbuna
<h2><b><I>Well, to answer everyones questions. SO far the best sand I've seen is the Silica sand. And its pretty cheap, only 8$ for a 100 lb bag. So, I think I'm going to switch to the silica sand. I have 2 bottom dwellers, but I moved them to my girlfriends 14 gallon tank. That way I have less of a chance of having sand come up in my filter. Now, my filters are pretty low to the gravel as it is, (as pictured) and I Was worried about sand going into my filer, and was thinking of maybe just cutting about 1/4 of the tubing from my filters. Here is a few updated pics of my tank, one before, and one after without the sand so far, just got more plants, changed the background, removed a few fish, (such as the dragon goby, pictus catfish, black moors, beta), removed the fake stuff, added a few real rocks. Thanks for everyones help. Here is a pic of before and after so far. Tom
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