tidepooldreamer Posted September 22, 2021 Share Posted September 22, 2021 I like the look of my current scape but I'm worried that there's too many shaded areas that will cause me frustration down the road as I add more corals. I'm also not a fan of the open sandy area in the back corner that I can't really see into; I have no idea what I could put back there and it seems like really wasted space. This was my first saltwater scape, and I can definitely see the influences of my freshwater experience - I was thinking of rocks as something to plant around, rather than on. Top view: The back left is the hard-to-view corner. The whole left side of the tank is really overshadowed by the tall rock (which I think is probably also too tall to put any corals on top of?) (Forgive the heater in the display, it's been switched out with one in the back chamber now) What I think I'd like to do is create a small separate island in one corner of the tank to isolate my zoas, and then rearrange the rest of the rockwork to reduce unusable space at the back of the tank while keeping an open sandy area in the front for my pistol shrimp and goby. I believe the procedure to do this would be: 1) Drain out ~5 gallons into a holding tank, set up with heater + pump and transfer corals + 3 hermit crabs into this with one piece of rock for the hermits to hold onto 2) Drain out as much of rest of tank water into a bucket as I can before disturbing the sand bed. 3) Remove sand into another bucket. Here's where I'm not really sure - I've read that it's very important to wash the sand thoroughly if it's been disturbed to avoid ammonia. My tank has been set up since last November, but I've only had the hermits that whole time, so I don't think my sandbed is actually very dirty. Hopefully I can get away with a quicker rinse so I can get everyone set back up again ASAP? Is there a good way to tell if the sand is cleaned enough? 4) Rearrange rocks, replace sand, refill tank with old tank water + any new water needed, get everyone back in. Am I missing anything obvious? I'll pick up an ammonia alert badge before I start, so I can catch any issues on that front before they do any damage hopefully. I have Prime on hand from my freshwater tanks to neutralise any ammonia, as well. I'll be reusing all the same live rock + a little extra dry, so fingers crossed my cycle won't be disturbed by it. One final question - I have a number of hitchhiker fan worms in my sandbed who I am quite fond of; is there a good way to remove them and keep them safe while I do this? Thanks for any advice 🙂 Quote Link to comment
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