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How to keep sand piled up around rocks

Postby Spartanb75 » Sun Mar 12, 2017 3:31 pm

Is there tips or tricks to keeping sand substrate piled up so that your substrate isnt just flat?
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Re: How to keep sand piled up around rocks

Postby tanker3 » Sun Mar 12, 2017 5:19 pm

Mbunas will pile them up where they want.
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Re: How to keep sand piled up around rocks

Postby Spartanb75 » Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:00 pm

Sorry should have clarified, no cichlids in the tank.
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Re: How to keep sand piled up around rocks

Postby DJRansome » Sun Mar 12, 2017 7:38 pm

You really can't with fish that dig like African cichlids. Maybe a planted tank with tiny schooling fish like neons.
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Re: How to keep sand piled up around rocks

Postby Spartanb75 » Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:39 pm

This tank has no cichlids in it
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Re: How to keep sand piled up around rocks

Postby DJRansome » Sun Mar 12, 2017 10:12 pm

Try a dirted tank with plants and deep roots. Shape the soil and cover with sand. The roots of the plants will help hold the soil and sand in place and stocking fish that do not disturb the substrate is essential as well.
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Re: How to keep sand piled up around rocks

Postby Fogelhund » Mon Mar 13, 2017 7:03 am

Ultimately, water flow, any fish movement and gravity are going to dictate that sand is likely going to flatten out to some degree. Putting rocks, or anything else in the sand will help reduce the amount of sand movement, but you are going to have to move the sand around once in a while yourself as well. Plants are a good idea, to try and hold the sand in place.
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Re: How to keep sand piled up around rocks

Postby Spartanb75 » Mon Mar 13, 2017 12:13 pm

Thanks guys...could u use pieces of plastic or something under the sand like flat pieces of plastic. Kinds make like dams to help hold the sand in place.
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Re: How to keep sand piled up around rocks

Postby DJRansome » Mon Mar 13, 2017 4:50 pm

IME the sand just swishes away and exposes your structure and then it looks bad.
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Re: How to keep sand piled up around rocks

Postby Fogelhund » Tue Mar 14, 2017 3:25 pm

DJRansome wrote:IME the sand just swishes away and exposes your structure and then it looks bad.


Yup....
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Re: How to keep sand piled up around rocks

Postby MysteryMan » Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:32 pm

What type of sand are you using? Where did you get it and whats it called specifically
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Re: How to keep sand piled up around rocks

Postby Spartanb75 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:33 am

Carib sea sahara for cichlids
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