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i got a 50lb bag of sand and i might wana put it in my rhom tank. the thing is tho how do i change from my gravel to sand without disturbing the bacteria colonies? will i have to cycle it again with the sand? any info helps.
 

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what king of filter do you have on your rhom tank? Reason I ask...some filters hold a lot more beneficial bacteria than others.. If you have canisters or wet dry filters, or even big HOB filters, i say removing the substrate should not be a problem.
 

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what king of filter do you have on your rhom tank? Reason I ask...some filters hold a lot more beneficial bacteria than others.. If you have canisters or wet dry filters, or even big HOB filters, i say removing the substrate should not be a problem.
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I agree, as long as you have a decent filter on the tank, that should have enough bacteria in it. Plus, if there's only one fish, the bio load shouldnt be all that high.
 

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Make sure you vacuum the gravel really well before removing it. If not you'll have a ton of crap floating around with possible release of nitrates etc. Wash the sand really well and then put it in a tuperware bowl. Slowly lower the bowl into the water and spill the sand out on the bottom when you're close. I did mine with 6 Caribe's in a 120. Worked well.
 

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good luck with that you should post some pics. Be careful not to get sand caught in your filters impeller it can kill it almost as fast as a dry run. make sure you have around 5 inches of clearance between the sand and filter intake.
 
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