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post #31 of 33 Old 02-28-2012, 10:30 AM
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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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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re 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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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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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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