How To Smooth Sand Substrate And Make It Even

MaximumRide14
  • #1
This might be really stupid, but I’m having a hard time smoothing out the sand substrate in this new tank. From the front, the line looks really uneven too. Anyone got any advice to make this easier?
I also have some floating substrate at the surface of the water. I remove that, right?
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Thunder_o_b
  • #2
I use a paper towel to remove the floaters.

I just use my hand to smooth the sub straight.
 
MaximumRide14
  • Thread Starter
  • #3
Thanks! The paper towel thing really works!
 
SLeroux
  • #4
This might be really stupid, but I’m having a hard time smoothing out the sand substrate in this new tank. From the front, the line looks really uneven too. Anyone got any advice to make this easier?
I also have some floating substrate at the surface of the water. I remove that, right?View attachment 422297View attachment 422298View attachment 422299
Not sure your future stocking but my cories tend to even everything out when I mess up the sand planting or cleaning.
 
MaximumRide14
  • Thread Starter
  • #5
Not sure your future stocking but my cories tend to even everything out when I mess up the sand planting or cleaning.

This tank will only have a betta in it.
 
r5n8xaw00
  • #6
Something I have learned about sand substrate, is to leave it higher in the back so that waste can roll down hill toward the front for easier cleaning.
 
Hunter1
  • #7
What size tank?

I have sand in my betta tank, and 6 sterbia corys. It’s a 20 long and the sand stays smooth from the corys.

But I think the normal movement of water from the filter will smooth it out over time.
 
Lunnietic
  • #8
I usually don't notice mine is uneven with all the decorations inside of it.
 
MaximumRide14
  • Thread Starter
  • #9
What size tank?

I have sand in my betta tank, and 6 sterbia corys. It’s a 20 long and the sand stays smooth from the corys.

But I think the normal movement of water from the filter will smooth it out over time.

5.5 gallon
 
mattgirl
  • #10
As in nature the sand in my tank (55 gallon) is constantly moving. The Corys and Elbert, the BN Pleco constantly rearrange it.
 
Hunter1
  • #11
5.5 gallon
I think it looks good as is. I wouldn’t worry about it. IMO being uneven is more natural but between a filter and betta swimming around, and vacuuming, i’d be surprised if it doesn’t smooth out.
 
psalm18.2
  • #12
Use a credit card or flat surface to even it out.
 
DaveyboyManc
  • #13
Buy a cheap tape-measure - extend it to the depth - run it from front to back - then do it from back to front to get the few inches you missed
 
Galathiel
  • #14
I've used a cheap plastic ruler to help smooth mine a bit better. Of course then my canister blows it all to one side so I have to do it ...often.
 
GreekGills
  • #15
There are packs of different size plastic spackling/putty knives you could use as well. 6 piece set on Amazon for $9
 

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