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Old 08/06/2019, 01:26 PM   #1
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Sand bed

I have a 220 gallon aquarium that is about 15 years old now. For the past 5 years now, as some of my fish have died, I have not replaced them. I am now down to just a couple of very old fish left. My plan is to start switching over to just a predatory tank with an eel, lionfish and a Niger trigger.

My question concerns the sand bed. Except for surface cleaning, it has not been cleaned or disturbed in years. My water parameters are good, of course I have a very light fish load currently. My thought is that I should replace the sand bed, I know it has to be very gunky at the bottom. My plan is to replace it slowly, doing just one small section at a time along with a partial water changes.

Does this sound like a good plan for replacing the old sand bed? For a FOWLR tank, what type of sand is suggested? How deep? Some might reply back the bare bottom is best, but I like the look of the sand bed too much.

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