Filling Without Disturbing

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  1. SuperD14

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    I need help how to fill the tank without disturbing the substrate too much
     
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    Put a large plate on the bottom or a shallow plastic storage bin and let the water run into that.
     
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    Directly out the house end? Or shower head setting or?
     
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    Yes, best is to have something relatively flat with slight curving edges, it's even more perfect if it will float (plastic). I have a small hard plastic breakfast plate. Just pour it gently onto the middle (or put the hose nozzle on there). The water will spread out evenly and leak into the soil/surface without disturbing much. Then as the water level rises, the plate starts to float. Just continue to pour on top of it, won't disturb your substrate at all.
    Below are two pictures of me doing it recently, one as I started pouring and when there was about 4 inches of water.
     

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    Couldn’t use a plate because of all the plants. Just aimed the spray at the wood to disperse it
     
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    That's how I do it. I just aim it a some rock and just go slow.
     
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    Eh, whatever works, works. Nice scape btw.
     
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    You can also just take a clean plastic bag and put it in the substrate. Have the water hit that first and it disperses it enough.
     
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    It’s a little bit murky but that’s purely because I rushed rinsing the sand. Pic doesn’t look too good as I quickly snapped it. When it’s all cleared up I’ll post a pic.

    Btw, can wood catch on fire purely from heat as the large wood on the right sticks out the top of the tank a bit and it has some moss attached. T5 bulbs get quite hot so could the wood or moss catch on fire?
     
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    I guess it's possible but it will turn a darker color first. It's also highly highly unlikely since the wood will be wicking water up it from the inside.

    Fun fact, wood itself doesn't burn. As its heated, it off gases as it oxidizes and the gas that comes out is what is actually on fire.
     
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    Late, but I would've suggested using a colander. George Farmer suggested it in a video, and it works very nicely! An idea to try next time!
     








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