12-08-2010, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Egrant
I would love to try sand at some point but have always been hesitant. How does cleaning work. Pretty easy with gravel. Does sand work the same way when you are useing the vacum? Does the waste settle so it can't be seen?
Sand is much easier to keep clean than gravel, IME. As long as you get sand that's not super fine, you don't have to worry about sucking it out. Pool filter sand is large enough that it won't get kicked up in the water, either.
I was hesitant, but once I switched one tank to sand, I soon switched them all.
Yes, waste will settle on the surface of the sand. If your filtration is strong, it'll get swept along (with help from fish swimming by) and sucked up by the intake. For water changes, making tiny circles with the nozzle about an inch off the bottom is enough to get the waste up off the bottum so it can be sucked out without sucking the sand out.