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How to build the underwater waterfall - sandfall. A basic example on how to do it and some simply tips to make it work and look good.

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Author BlackHawk ( ago)
Does anyone know if a 2 inch pvc would work or would it be too big ?

Author jack faster ( ago)
its a great job mannnnn

Author sanjok crestha ( ago)
what type of pump do you suggest

Author Rocket Bunny R35 ( ago)
That looks unreal man good job!!!

Author Wes Bush ( ago)
wal Mart reptile sand works good with minimal clouding

Author Lee Jones ( ago)
hi joey would this work in a saltwater tank

Author VÛ Ngô ( ago)

Author Meben ( ago)
do it with blue sand :)

Author adrian arroyo candelario. ( ago)
it's a have moon fish tank.

Author adrian arroyo candelario. ( ago)
can you sale me one of the background waterfall for my fish tank.

Author สุรีย์ เลื่อมบัณฑิตย์ ( ago)

Author Petra De Bruijn ( ago)
I've an aquarium that is fertilized with CO2, so obviously I don't want to much oxygene pump in with a sandfall. I was wondering if it would be possible to bring the sand up with a waterbeam based on the venturi-principle.

Author Mark G. ( ago)
good idea poor workmanship

Author Джейсон Хичкок ( ago)
Golddust would look and work the best if you could afford it.

Author MEX- Hybrids ( ago)
Great!!!!......thumbs up!
Thanks for showing how to do!!!
Greets from Germany!!!!

Author Gleen - Roblox & more ( ago)
I have an under water I have a water fall UHH! Under water water fall, dun dun dun dun

Author Michael norman ( ago)
what kind of pipe do I use? can you direct me to where I can buy one

Author Joel Metran ( ago)
So how do you keep it submerged? Is silicone enough to keep it under the water?

Author jesus rodriguez ( ago)
how does this not cloud the water?

Author DJ 420 ( ago)
is it safe to have cement in a tank it contains some bad stuff for aquatics

Author Bill W ( ago)
what size air pump did you use?

Author Gary Mcpherson ( ago)
how long does one of these styrofoam backgrounds last?

Author Damn Yourugly ( ago)
An air lift is a great cheap way to 'pump' that sand, but what about the horizontal flow? You are limited to a strict reduction in flow once the air vents behind the feature (which also causes noise and in my case a splashing issue).

I have spent the good part of a week working on 'pumping' methods for sand that still are applicable to tanks you would find in a home.. I have a working model, cheap/easy to adapt/works consistently without anywhere near the constraints exhibited here.

I would be interested in speaking in a more private forum regarding this project and others like it.

Author I'mHungry ( ago)
To contribute something useful, it might be a good idea to install your "algae scrubber" behind the styro background. :)

Author Pedro Jasmine gonzalez ( ago)
what kind of pump do you recommend? I made a sandfall but its not working how I would like it to. I'm thinking it may be my pump?

Author Kazz ( ago)
That's literally the coolest thing ever, definitely gotta get a bigger tank and try this out myself.

Author PsychedelicBabe ( ago)
I like this effect I could use an old egg tumbler hmmm very inspiring I'm gonna give this a try in an empty tank that I have 👏👏👏

Author Ryan Murray ( ago)
Hi Joey, this is Ryan from Mumbai, India I've watched a lot of your videos. You're amazing! keep up the awesome work man!..I have a question I'm building a sandfall and I wanted to know if the air bubbles created by the airstone (to lift up the sand) provide oxygen to the tank? I know it probably does but can I use use that as an aerator and remove my regular airstone oxygen? or not? If the answer is yes then I think my aquarium will look awesome with the sand waterfall doing the job of aerating the aquarium as well. thanks again!

Author Kemari Johnson ( ago)
i WOULD pay somebody to build me this

Author j.savage __23 ( ago)
thank you sooooooooo much!!!! my fish are so satisfied with their new waterfall!!!!!!!

Author anthony pope ( ago)
good video how much is your book I live in the United Kingdom and we are pound sterling can I get your book on ebay or amazon cheers happy fish keeping

Author Scythe-Guardian Nullgel ( ago)
do i still need an air pump for my aquarium if i have this?

Author khalidman23 ( ago)
what if i need green sand for my purpose ?

Author Wallace Android World ( ago)
it works😀😀😆😀😀😀😀

Author Michael Adams ( ago)
bruh...great videos. ..everything I've thought of u just did.

Author Melissa Toh ( ago)
Itz possible to make out of driftwood waterfall?

Author Kevin's Bud Channel ( ago)
I'm curious, does the sand wear down the foam after time?

Author calderon00961 ( ago)
only use cement at the end or after a resin cement

Author Naomi ! ( ago)
can the sand trap/injure the fish in anyway?

Author Dj Nini ( ago)
hi very nice video.
can you please tell me the name or the power in 60 min of this pump.
I am searching a lot of time but I don't find any pump.

please help me.

Thanks and Greetz from Germany.

Author Nicky Turner ( ago)
could this be done in a salt water tank?

Author Cody Chamberlin ( ago)
would this work with light pebbles?

Author Hooligan xD ( ago)
does it matter what type of styrofoam

Author Khoirul Anwaar ( ago)
May i ask you sir,what is that black tiny thing??
Could you tell me??

Author Vip Keys ( ago)
hi again

Author Vip Keys ( ago)
how again

Author Andrew Block ( ago)
this one is mad awsome

Author David Tuders ( ago)
I mean to use it to cause like a veturi effect by running the water out of the power head through a small volume tube into a larger volume tube to create a vacuum on the opposing end

Author Carolina Dune ( ago)
How much liters an hour does you pump do, cause I have 3 small air pumps, but the all don't do the job as yours.

Author David Tuders ( ago)
Have you ever used a power head to make a sand fall

Could you do a tutorial on how to make a flowing volcano, same concept but with red sand and how to make a volcano structure?

Author austinpetemo ( ago)
I love this idea. Does all of those air bubbles spewing out create a lot of noise?

Author Melissa Toh ( ago)
What sand ? how to spell LOL sorry new to Aqua :)

Author Melissa Toh ( ago)
Did you mean air pump it blows and some how been suck up? I got normal air pump and wanted to male mini structure. Itz possible?

Author Aquarium Hobbyist ( ago)
Joey, what kind of sand are you using? brand and type?

Author marcos Trinidad ( ago)
How big is tha pump?

Author jan ulrich ( ago)
what kind of sand is that?

Author C Los1825 ( ago)
Can't get my sand to continue to fall. It falls for maybe a minute or two & then it thins out until it stops.

Author richard knight ( ago)
Hi again joey, i solved my micro bubble problem.
Have a look at my last upload video it works really good.

Author Arpan Patel ( ago)
make one with the same method  but rocks and drift woods.the drift woods dint go well

Author Benjamin Britten ( ago)
King of diy. Love your videos !

I am having trouble with my sandfall. I created a whole coral insert with a water fall it looks awesome but I can't get the right flow from my sandfall.

What pump do you reccomend for large suction and uplift ?


Author Mixture Aquatics ( ago)
Can you do a DIY hang on the back filter?

Author Omahaquatic ( ago)
Joey, curious about buoyancy of the foam.  Have you had to hollow out the parts facing the back sides, or has the Quikrete been enough?  I've had a carving I've been working on for a similar corner waterfall, and I found the pressure of the foam wanting to float made me extremely worried about it popping up and out, yet as a waterfall piece I really look for not adhering it to the sides with silicone.  Really, I look for the best of both worlds, and if Quikrete is the way to accomplish that, no problem, but is it generally enough?

Author richard knight ( ago)
Hi again joey, ok so i tried a u in the pipe work and turned the flow right down but im still getting bubbles in my tank so im gona try and shorten the outlet pipe from above sump and gently lower to the tank via a series if bends and see if that helps, if not im getting a t piece and splitting the flow to try and slow the flow down not that its moving that fast i think its just the height of the sump tank above the display tank thats making the water turbulent.
If you get a chance i put a video on my channel that shows what im on about
Cheers rich .

Author lwaguespack26 ( ago)
This is a great video. I am working on a sandfall right now and I wanted to know what size air pump did you use in the video? It seems to have a lot more power than the one I'm using?

Author Frank Walls ( ago)
Hey King of DIY, Will Natural Zeolite pool sand work and be safe in aquarium? That's the only pool sand I can find here in my town.

Author Brian's Fish Tanks ( ago)
Cool build Joey.  The waterfall looks really cool!

Author Waseem Muhammed Ilyas (1932 years ago)
Great video, i tried making sandfall twice, but had problems directing the sand vertically down .This video has made me wanna try it again. Also If you can make a video on natural looking, painted 3d background like ones made by " design by nature" it would be awesome.

Author b.a. Warman ( ago)
It's such a simple principle but with an awsomely creative result.
I might have to buy a new aquarium just to try making a background with na underwater waterfall.
A few months ago i bought a Marina Dragon aquarium for my kid. I am now thinking that red sand and a red led light would be the perfect addition to it as they would create the effect of a lava flow. 

Author Kevin b ( ago)
I heard that The sand can sand down the gills of The fish. The result is that the fish can't breath properly anymore. Is that true?

Author rohit dhyani ( ago)
it was a really nice video ... but can you explain me how you kept the bubbles out ... i really didn't get that part

Author KING ( ago)
nice job 

Author sbazain ( ago)
Incredible that looks so real it looks like water not sand nice!!!

Author GeneralGiggleMuffin ( ago)
Looks amazing.

Author Jarrett Phinney ( ago)
What pool filter sand did you use?

Author favian williamson (2000 years ago)
Once again another great video i have a question off the topic i want an aquarium that is 120Lx48wx30h if it's an acrylic aquarium or glass is 3/4 inch good enough to hold the pressure of the water some people say yes others say no

Author Amelia Bee (1562 years ago)
I never knew this was a thing, but now I AM SO GLAD TO KNOW THIS IS A THING!

Author ReeferGil ( ago)
Super cool project!

Author yamaha wolverine ( ago)
Do you have any tips for shrimp keeping

Author Graham HALL (1704 years ago)
Awesome video. Will be doing this in the future for sure.

Author LowTech Tank ( ago)
thanks joey! watched all three videos great job. defiantly will try this one in a vertical aquascape. the few i have seen running have been in cloudy water. will the sand make my water cloudy was it runs over time? will it work with courser sand

Author jeremiemcd ( ago)
Great vid bro, thanks for sharing =)

Author richard knight ( ago)
Hey joey, great videos.I have a planted tank above my display tank. As well as the bottom tank ,the water goes from bottom sump to top sump and into display tank and back to bottom sump the problem is the flow is strong, on sump pump turned right down it trickles not enough flow anyway the problem is micro bubble in display tank have you any thoughts as to stop the bubbles?. Thanks rich.

Author NYCity Cichlids ( ago)
Looks cool.

Author Rich's Fishes (1441 year ago)
any issues with a cloudy water column when running this for an extended period of time?

Author J-C fancy as f*ck (1957 years ago)
Just wanted to say thank you very much, your tutorials have inspired me to try new things and really show how creative one can be. Truly inspiring :)

Author Cameron Crossley ( ago)
What is the air pump that you recommend (that is strong enough to do this) I've tried to do this on other projects but there is not enough power to lift the sand.

Author Juan Maldonado ( ago)
Great video... As always. Please keep them coming. I finish making the "cheep" sump pump for my 75 gallons African cichlids and works so much better then the canister I had set up. Thank! Juan.

Author Slim Tim ( ago)
Good explaination of the sand fall. Always wonder how to keep air out sight and only see the sand. Fired Up!!!

Author Pantelis-Savvas Ioannou ( ago)
I came here before 301 views!!!

Author lethalblacktalon lethal ( ago)
found your video's a few weeks ago, awesome, as someone that loves diy projects. just a thought here how about posting your video's on Fridays giving us the weekend to maybe try them out. anyway keep up the great work

Author TienDung Dang ( ago)
Can you show us how to make cooling aquarium fan? Im living in tropical region and the temp is 85-87. Aquarium chiller costs too much money and very high in electric consumption as well. Thank in advance!

Author Mixture Aquatics ( ago)
Is it possible to try incorporating this with the sand filter and use it for aesthetics as well as a way to filter and clean the water. Great video.

Author Luke Andrews ( ago)
First comment great video I'm going to start making one of my tank

Author Timm Lombardo ( ago)

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