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Old 02-28-2012, 11:30 AM   #31
 
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haha! sorry, i meant "DARK" sand

k then thats the plan ill go with :)
OK. Thought maybe there was some new product out there.

You can buy black sand but it is expensive. A cheaper alternative is common playsand from Home Depot, Lowe's, etc. It is darkish gray dry, and in the tank looks a bit light but it does take on a darker hue as it "ages." I now have it in 4 tanks and use it for any new setup. A 55lb bag is a few dollars. Needs lots of rinsing to get all the dirt out, but once in the tank it is a very natural substrate, and corys love it. A few dried leaves on the sand will create an even more authentic aquascape for the mentioned fish.
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Old 02-28-2012, 12:04 PM   #32
 
k then ill go for that. im all about saving money ;)

how exactly do you wash it? for my 5g i use a kitchen strainer for the gravel but im guessing the holes will be to big for sand...
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Old 02-28-2012, 12:22 PM   #33
 
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k then ill go for that. im all about saving money ;)

how exactly do you wash it? for my 5g i use a kitchen strainer for the gravel but im guessing the holes will be to big for sand...
Yes. I put about 5 measuring cups of sand in a 2-3 gallon pail, under the tap in the laundry room sink [be careful, as sand in kitchen or bathroom sinks can clog], and rinse the sand around with my hand, dump the dirty water cafrefully, and repeat many, many times. You can also do this outside with a garden hose.
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