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post #1 of 10 Old 01-03-2010, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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Another Sand Question

Ok so I want to put sand in my 55 gallon but when I went to my local Lowes this was the only sand they had. Is this what everyone is using? As always, thanks in advance.

QUIKRETE at Lowe's: 50 Lb. Play Sand
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post #2 of 10 Old 01-03-2010, 06:33 PM
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Yup, this is what it looks like after you washed it few time and added it in a tank....
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post #3 of 10 Old 01-03-2010, 06:36 PM Thread Starter
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Awesome thanks Angel I am going to get some tomorrow. I will take pics when I get it all set up!!
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post #4 of 10 Old 01-03-2010, 07:01 PM
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Ahh pictures yes please, love pictures lol

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My Sand came from the local POOL Store..... the type that is used in
their big filters... It has worked awsome for me.....
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post #6 of 10 Old 01-04-2010, 01:32 PM
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Something to bear in mind with choosing a substrate is the fish that you intend to have in the aquarium. The substrate is an important part of the aquascape not only through its appearance to us, but its effect on the fish. Some fish are fine over a light substrate (like the rift lake cichlids in Teammuir's tank in the photo), but South American tetras or SE Asian rasbora and gouramis would prefer a darker substrate to feel more "comfortable" and thus less stressed. There are darker types of play sand, Home Depot in Canada carries a dark gray one, which would work better for SA fish. If you look at the photos of Aunt kymmie's loach tank you will see black sand, perfect for those fish.

Everything in the aquarium, from substrate to wood, rocks and plants should be there with regard to the needs of the fish.

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Thats a GREAT observation... on fish behavior...
I had not thought about that before now..... makes total since .....

I personally have never seen the gray sand.. if someone here
has this style..
I would really like to see it in a tank.. ( I am Curious )

I failed to tell anyone.. about this cichlid tank..
in order to Buffer the PH at a steady 8.0
I have included a total layer of Crushed Coral under the sand....
I made the sand very deep so that the Crushed Coral will stay
at the bottom.
I have had some great luck with Crushed Coral keeping the
PH at 8.0

Ron
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The closest to gray I could offer is the black sand I have....all my other tanks have fine dark brown gravel or fine black gravel.....
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This pic let's you see pretty well just HOW FINE this sand really is, the silver balls are simple small water bubbles when I filled the tank first
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Byron

Thats a GREAT observation... on fish behavior...
I had not thought about that before now..... makes total since .....

I personally have never seen the gray sand.. if someone here
has this style..
I would really like to see it in a tank.. ( I am Curious )

I failed to tell anyone.. about this cichlid tank..
in order to Buffer the PH at a steady 8.0
I have included a total layer of Crushed Coral under the sand....
I made the sand very deep so that the Crushed Coral will stay
at the bottom.
I have had some great luck with Crushed Coral keeping the
PH at 8.0

Ron
Ron (and others interested), I went into that issue in more detail in my Post #5 in this thread:
neon/cardinal new setup advice

I firmly believe that all these things have more of an impact on fish health and lengevity than some realize. B.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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