PDA

View Full Version : Pouring sand into tank


latidati
01/01/2011, 08:47 PM
Does anyone have any ideas on how to add sand to an already established tank? I have a 75 gallon tank with fish and some newly developing coral and have to add to the sand bed...but want to do so without harming the fish or distrupting my new coral. Thoughts?

I had someone suggest using a PVC pipe and feeding the sand down to the bottom that way. Anyone ever try that?

snulma1
01/01/2011, 08:53 PM
The PVC is a good idea, however make sure your sand is pre-rinsed, or else you will create a sand storm and annoy your coral and fish.

latidati
01/01/2011, 09:02 PM
Good idea. Tomorrow's the day I try it. Thanks for the tip!

Sk8r
01/01/2011, 09:12 PM
Add it little patch at a time: you will likely see hair algae on that patch from the contained phosphate on the new sand, which may annoy some corals. But it should be ok.

Grant W
01/01/2011, 10:03 PM
What I have done in the past is ,of course you have to rinse the sand first and then use a cup of some sort fill it about 2/3 with sand and lower it slowly into the tank letting it fill up with water then lower it to the bottom of tank, empty and repeat. Works a lot better than just dumping it in.

unionredskin22
01/01/2011, 10:04 PM
Someone gave me advice to add the sand by rinsing and then packing tightly into a cup and putting it at the bottom of the tank with my hand covering the opening of the cup. Then let it out. Worked pretty good for me!

alanbates12
01/01/2011, 10:09 PM
How much sand do you currently have and how much are you wanting to add? Check out this video on shallow sand beds. If you have any doubts about this guy making the video look up www.ipsf.com and read his bio you'll be impressed. The video is a bit dry but watch the whole thing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLNj-JxYigM Let me know what you think. Good Luck

Mr.Maska
01/02/2011, 06:13 AM
Someone gave me advice to add the sand by rinsing and then packing tightly into a cup and putting it at the bottom of the tank with my hand covering the opening of the cup. Then let it out. Worked pretty good for me!

this method worked for me as well

Whisperer
01/02/2011, 06:21 AM
Try plastic bag, fill it with sand and place it at the bottom of the tank then grab the bottom and slowly pour the sand.

ExFOWLR
01/02/2011, 06:40 AM
I use a plastic bag also but use a ziploc with a bottom corner cut out. That way you can lower it to the bottom and pour it out exactly where you want it. Just keep the corner closed with your hand until you get it where you want to pour it.

latidati
01/02/2011, 10:04 AM
How much sand do you currently have and how much are you wanting to add? Check out this video on shallow sand beds. If you have any doubts about this guy making the video look up www.ipsf.com and read his bio you'll be impressed. The video is a bit dry but watch the whole thing. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLNj-JxYigM Let me know what you think. Good Luck

I currently have a 1" sand bed and wanted to add about another inch or so...so about 20 lbs more of sand. That video was pretty interesting..a different take on managing your bed. Thanks for sending it along.

alanbates12
01/02/2011, 05:56 PM
I think my sand bed is around 2/3 inches. I do have a couple of gobies that do a good job of cleaning the top layer. Do you know anything that will get a bit lower and help keep the sand bed aerobic?

alanbates12
01/02/2011, 05:57 PM
I think my sand bed is around 2 or 3 inches. I do have a couple of gobies that do a good job of cleaning the top layer. Do you know anything that will get a bit lower and help keep the sand bed aerobic?

suds1421
01/02/2011, 06:24 PM
I'm not sure if I'm too late but try out your technique in a bucket, could help save you some of the cloudy water.

bderos
01/30/2011, 11:01 AM
I have an established 120 gallon tank with practically no sand in it. I want to add sand. Can I add 60 pounds of Live Sand now and another 60 pounds of Live Sand in a week?

Suggestions, experience, opinions.

EllieSuz
01/30/2011, 11:19 AM
First, save your money and don't buy "live" sand. If it's the same stuff I'm thinking of, it's not so much live, but just wet and has been sitting in a bag for who knows how long. Any good quality dried sand will become "live" if you seed it with a cup or so of sand from an established aquarium.

Next, get a good funnel from the automotive department of some place like Walmart. I use one of those long, black ones people use for oil changes. If it needs more length to reach the bottom, you can attach a piece of flexible hose. Then spoon your rinsed sand into the funnel and guide it wherever you want sand added. It works just great without much cloudy water at all.

bderos
01/30/2011, 11:38 AM
That is a good idea. I am more concerned with the water parameters fluctuating. Should I be concerned with water parameters drastically changing?

Anyone?