Changing out sand bed on a established sps tank?

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  1. Cassklar

    Cassklar Well-Known Member

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    As the title states I have gotten sick of my existing sugar size sand bed in my sps tank I would like to know if anyone can give me some advice on changing it out while not destroying my sps. The existing sandbed is about 2 inches thick it gets blown all over the place so I would like to go to heavier courser sand anybody have any input it would be appreciative
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    I would just siphon it out during a WC and focus on the areas that get blown out then replace with new courser grade live or well rinsed using a plastic bag or cup to deposit it where you want it. I just added some Old School crushed coral to these areas which pretty much eliminated the sandstorms.

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    Siphon out small sections of the old sand. Never take it all out at once. You can use a large diameter funnel and pvc pipe to put in the new sand where you want it without much of a mess.
     
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    You can use Tupperware bins to keep them separate as you slowly add one and remove the other.

    Another way is to just add more and more of the new over time and scoop both out and sift them apart, then put the bigger back in.
     
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    So, what did you decide and how is it going?
     

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