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stumpy08 01/05/2008 10:56 PM

How to keep from creating sandstorm?
 
I will be setting up a new tank next Saturday. I am going to be useing Aragamax sand.
What is the best way prevent a sandstorm when I start adding water?

Gary Majchrzak 01/05/2008 10:58 PM

you shouldn't be adding any sand until the water and rock are in.
Better yet, go BB and don't add sand!

chrismunn 01/05/2008 11:03 PM

cover the sand with plastic trash bags and dinner plates

phenom5 01/05/2008 11:18 PM

[quote]cover the sand with plastic trash bags and dinner plates[/quote]

Yup. Cover your sand with a trash bag or 2, and pour the water onto the trash bags.

BTW chrismunn...your avatar makes me laugh. :D

stumpy08 01/05/2008 11:47 PM

I think a bare bottom would look un-natural.
Covering the bottom with a trash bag is a great idea!
Thanks!

Gary Majchrzak 01/06/2008 12:32 PM

[QUOTE][i]<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=11531346#post11531346 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by stumpy08 [/i]
[B]I think a bare bottom would look un-natural.
Covering the bottom with a trash bag is a great idea!
Thanks! [/B][/QUOTE]
tip: check the experience of those giving you advice before following their suggestions

vanmo92 01/06/2008 12:44 PM

I used a trashbag when I set up mine, it worked pretty well.

m2434 01/06/2008 12:51 PM

I like to add the sand through a PVC tube once the water is in. However, if there is no livestock I'm not sure why it matters if there is a sandstorm.

Gary Majchrzak 01/06/2008 12:59 PM

it's very important to place rock in the aquarium BEFORE sand.
The order to do this is rock (ensure it's stable), water and [U]lastly[/U] sand.
Obviously you can do this in any order you wish, but there are ways and then there are better ways

stumpy08 01/06/2008 05:06 PM

I am taking down a 30 gallon with 3 fish in it and setting up a 54 corner tank in its place. I'm guessing I need to work fairly quickly so the fish are not in a container (bucket) too long.
I only have about 50 lbs of rock in the 30 that I will be moving to the 54. I am going to seed the new sand with the existing sand in the 30 and hopefully use all of the water. I'm going to start mixing a extra 20+ gallons of water this week.
If I do get a sand storm going do you think the fish will be ok to put back in?
(Sorry, no offense on the bare-bottom comment)

Gary Majchrzak 01/06/2008 06:18 PM

[QUOTE][i]<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=11535520#post11535520 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by stumpy08 [/i]
[B] If I do get a sand storm going do you think the fish will be ok to put back in?
(Sorry, no offense on the bare-bottom comment) [/B][/QUOTE]
yes and no offense taken, but thanks for being considerate.


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