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Hey team!

I'm having an issue with my sand substrate covering my plants and ornaments!

Am I doing something wrong?
Please help.
 

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You could just suck it up the next time you do a water change if it's just a dusting, if this is the case, it likely just came from sand settling on top of everything when you set it up. If it's a recurring problem it may be the filter kicking up the sand, in this case you could take part of a water bottle, cut a slit in it, and put it over the outflow to ease the current, if that makes sense.
 
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Thanks Danny, just did a water change today and it's still happening so must be the filter. I'll try the water bottle trick cheers mate.



Miss Panda, certainly did! Do you think a second wash would benefit?
 

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How fine are the grains?
Is the filter outlet pointed downwards and the flow high?
Do you stir up a lot during waterchanges (especially while refilling?)

Chessur said:
Do you think a second wash would benefit?
Too late for that now.
 
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MacZ said:
How fine are the grains?
Is the filter outlet pointed downwards and the flow high?
Do you stir up a lot during waterchanges (especially while refilling?)



Too late for that now.

Very fine, I'm using oliver knott's aquairon.

I did a partial water change today so that may of stirred things up.
I don't think the flow is too high, filter is a fluval u2 internal filter.
 

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I'd look into your refill technique and into the filter setting, as well as the flow itself. If you can (and according to the manual it should be possible), regulate the flow to a lower output. Also make sure the current in the tank doesn't stirr up anything itself.

Last idea: Any fish that tend to dig?
 
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Ok cheers, next change is next weekend so I'll try work out how to do it more carefully.

Wouldn't having my output lower down stir the sand more?
 

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Chessur said:
Wouldn't having my output lower down stir the sand more?
Oh, I think this is lost in translation. The outlet (the tube where the water comes out) should be pointed upwards, the output (the amount of water that flows out) should be reduced. Sorry, my bad. Sometimes I'm not sure what terms are 100% clear and which are not.
 
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MacZ said:
Oh, I think this is lost in translation. The outlet (the tube where the water comes out) should be pointed upwards, the output (the amount of water that flows out) should be reduced. Sorry, my bad. Sometimes I'm not sure what terms are 100% clear and which are not.


Oh sorry! My filter is an internal filter. Just sits on side of tank wall and has gill like inlets for the water.
 

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I know the fluval filters. You should be able to regulate the pump so the output ( :) ) has less pressure.
 
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MacZ said:
I know the fluval filters. You should be able to regulate the pump so the output ( :) ) has less pressure.

Gotcha! I did that earlier today. Time will tell if that does the job.

Thanks for all your advice Macz! Really appreciate it :)
 

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You're welcome.

I had to deal with a lot of waterflow-related problems in my tank. Though it had nothing to do with the substrate but the fish. Anyway, made me get into troubleshooting in that field. :)
 

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How do you add water during a water change? That can stir things up. Trick we discovered was adding water through a kitchen collander - we can pour a whole 10 litre bucket in without disturbing any sand, even with only six inches of water in the aquarium.
 
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KinderScout said:
How do you add water during a water change? That can stir things up. Trick we discovered was adding water through a kitchen collander - we can pour a whole 10 litre bucket in without disturbing any sand, even with only six inches of water in the aquarium.

I pour it in directly but slowly, I'll try the commander trick for my next water change! Much appreciated.

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You're welcome.

I had to deal with a lot of waterflow-related problems in my tank. Though it had nothing to do with the substrate but the fish. Anyway, made me get into troubleshooting in that field. :)

Haha yeah I've already learnt this is going to be a research intensive hobby. Weirdly it makes me more excited. Looking into c02 is my next step I think.
 

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Otherwise get a divepump and a 5mm-diameter-hose. That also helps minimize the stir up when refilling a tank.

Interestingly: CO2 never interested me, as did fertilizers. My plants grow with what the fish produce or not at all. :D
 

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We found George Farmer useful early on - he's where we got the collander tip from (see 16 mins in on the first video). He has a pretty good video on CO2 setup too.
 

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