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Oolite sugar sized sand...too fine??

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Oolite sugar sized sand...too fine??
Old 07-11-2011, 06:18 AM   #1
 
Oolite sugar sized sand...too fine??

Starting up an African cichlid tank (empty at the moment) but can't decide what substrate to use. Am leaning towards sand, and am thinking the caribsea Aragamax sugar sized (oolite) sand. But am worried it will be too easily stirred up and enter the filter. But I like the idea of the fish being able to sift it easily. Has anyone had any experience with this? Also how deep does it need to be?
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Old 07-14-2011, 04:50 PM   #2
 
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sand should be just fine. it will get kicked up easily, but it will settle just as fast.
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Old 07-15-2011, 02:45 PM   #3
 
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With normal filtration (not strong currents) this will be fine. Sand is good with cichlids. As for depth, 1-2 inches is plenty as you have no live plants requiring deeper substrates--although you could have some Corkscrew Vallisneria, it grows in the rift lakes and is excellent in hard water. A shallow substrate is fine for this plant. A little group or two with a couple of rocks around the base would be very authentic and add some green.
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