Different Sand Method for Tank Setup

Discussion in 'Freshwater Videos' started by ZeeZ, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. ZeeZWell Known MemberMember


    I thought I'd share how I set up new tanks with sand.. I don't do the usual method of stirring new sand. What I do is I fill the tank with dechlorinated water, find a bottle that will fit the height of the aquarium, rinse the bottle out thoroughly. Then make a funnel or purchase a funnel, adding sand to the bottle.

    Put the sand underwater, waiting until very little or no bubbles comes out of the bottle. Gently squeeze the bottle a few times to make sure the bubbles are gone. Turn the bottle upside-down and spread the sand around the base of the tank.

    Once all of the sand is gone, quickly take the bottle out. What would have normally been stirred out from the usual method is still left inside the bottle. This is the very fine particles. Empty the bottle. Repeat again if you need more sand. You're good to go

  2. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    Wow that's the cleanest sand I've ever seen! The water in the bottle didn't look dirty at all.

  3. LadayenValued MemberMember

    Yeah.. was gonna say you probably could just dumped the sand strait in and been fine. Be interesting to try that method with play sand from home hardware or some place like that.

  4. ZeeZWell Known MemberMember

    If you did that, then the water would turn cloudy and with this fine sand, the surface would be clogged with floating sand. I've noticed that with fine sand like this, a few air bubbles with trapped sand will develop but eventually goes away. However, with more heavier, coarse sand like my 40 gallon's blue and white sand, much less air bubbles. If any sand starts floating around at the top, all I do is lightly tap the water surface with my hand and that will send the sand floating down to the bottom.
  5. noslen1003Valued MemberMember

    I guess - you do not wash the sand before putting into the aquarium?
  6. LyndaBFishlore LegendMember

    You have entirely too much time on your hands....... :p
  7. Akari_32Fishlore LegendMember

    So if you do it like that, theres no more rinsing and rinsing and rinsing?? :O
  8. ReefdwellerValued MemberMember

    Hmm that's a pretty good demo. of how to do that. I wonder if it works the same way with any other type substrates?
  9. ZeeZWell Known MemberMember

    Nope, I don't wash my sand. :) or rinse or rinse or rinse.

    Give it a try and see. :p. I don't know about other substrates, though. Worth a try, there's nothing to lose and you can always do it over if it doesn't work.
  10. psalm18.2Fishlore LegendMember

    I like it. Would be a great way change substrate in established tank. What happens if water doesn't fill bottle?
  11. ZeeZWell Known MemberMember

    Then it wouldn't work properly. The sand would attach to the air bubbles and create a huge mess floating at the top.

    So make sure water gets in the bottle thoroughly. :)
  12. DonnerjayWell Known MemberMember

    Ken the moderator (aquarist) has a video where he uses the same method. You can see all of the cloudiness being "trapped" in the bottle, and then he just takes the bottle out. Very impressive. And I think I'll use this method when (if) I start up my 16 gallon with black Tahitian Moon Sand.
  13. JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    I have sand to wash and a theory to test ;)
  14. Akari_32Fishlore LegendMember

    I wish to know of the results of your tests :;nin2
  15. ZeeZWell Known MemberMember

    I was curious if gravel would work too, so I carried out a test with the gravel I'd bought for my 3 gallon drink dispenser el natural tank. I wondered if the Petco brand pre-washes their gravel and sand, but the bag says to rinse the gravel before putting into the tank to get rid of fine particles, so I don't think they do. There was fine particles on the inside of the funnel I used.



    Results? Inconclusive. Perhaps someone else with more dirty gravel can test this for us.
    Last edited by a moderator: Nov 23, 2018
  16. pirahnah3Fishlore VIPMember

    On the petco grave, Yeah they don't pre wash, there are always TONS of small particles left in my 5gal bucket after washing.

    As a side note thou, petco does seem to have the cheapest gravel substrate around me, other than buying by the cubic yard lol (which I have been contemplating with the number of tanks I want gravel for.....)
  17. LadayenValued MemberMember


    This is my 80 gallon after putting in playsand.. that I did rinse and rinse and rinse and rinse lol. In comparison to your petco aquarium sand.. well this is what I mean by you could have just dumped that in the tank... perhaps you would have had to use something to pull a bit off of the surface but there was next to 0 for fine particles left in the bottle anyhow.

    I would be interesting to see how the bottle method would work with something like this lol.
  18. ZeeZWell Known MemberMember

    Ah ha! I found your problem.

    You used play sand. All accounts I know of them have not been positive experiences. They aren't at least cleaned from the factory. They have all kinds of stuff in them like dirt, sticks, rocks, etc. It's cheap but you would've been better off using pool filter sand if you wanted large amounts of sand for cheap.
  19. ReefdwellerValued MemberMember

    When get this 50 gal bow front ready to setup I recently purchased used I will try this sand method that you showed us. It has black sand that I really like so I hope it works as well for me as it does for you.

  20. ReefdwellerValued MemberMember

    oh and I hope the video stays up here a while because I will for sure forget how to do it. I will have to watch it a few times. My memory is terrible so yeah not good.. :;drum

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