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This is a discussion on Play Sand within the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> hmm.... lol *reconsiders* xD I washed out some gravel for my other tank and it was horrible... =x I'll still think about it. :)...

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Old 04-25-2010, 01:47 PM   #11
 
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hmm.... lol *reconsiders* xD I washed out some gravel for my other tank and it was horrible... =x I'll still think about it. :)
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Old 04-25-2010, 01:50 PM   #12
 
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it is worth while though,honest,it looks lovely when it's all done.
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Old 04-25-2010, 03:10 PM   #13
 
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Ya, it looks very nice. :) I'm thinking of using it in my 44g fry raising tank.

I'd possibly rather plant my 36 g, but I'd want black flourite for that since it has angelfish...

Does black flourite affect PH?
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Old 04-26-2010, 01:16 PM   #14
 
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Flourite long-term will not alter pH. I have heard that short-term, i.e., at the beginning, it may raise pH slightly but left alone it will settle down.

A black substrate (and a plain black background) is perfect for angels. Lots of wood especially branches and tall slender plants to mimic the stripe pattern of angels, just as in their natural habitat. The angels will truly sparkle in such a setting.

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Old 04-26-2010, 07:51 PM   #15
 
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Ya, if I could find a decently priced black flourite or gravel of some sort, I would definitely plant my angelfish tank before my fry tank. But I don't want to pay 40-50$ for gravel (id need 2 20 lb bags which it hink ive seen about 20-25$ each). Sucks it's so expensive.
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Old 04-26-2010, 08:35 PM   #16
 
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I just tried washing out the play sand.... very hard...

And the color is very dark tannish color... I thought it'd be white...
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Old 04-27-2010, 09:41 AM   #17
 
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Some playsand IS white... I have seen it in many different colors.

Not to hijack your thread... but I wonder if I could take out 2/3 or so of my rock substrate in my 55g, and MIX it with playsand?? (2/3 or so sand, rest gravel)
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Old 04-27-2010, 10:16 AM   #18
 
how do you all go about washing out your sand? I am considering putting some into my tank after I move.
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Old 04-27-2010, 10:45 AM   #19
 
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Some playsand IS white... I have seen it in many different colors.

Not to hijack your thread... but I wonder if I could take out 2/3 or so of my rock substrate in my 55g, and MIX it with playsand?? (2/3 or so sand, rest gravel)
Combining different substrates does not always work, if the size of the grains is not close. Sand and gravel for instance mix together, the sand will all be on the bottom (smaller grain) and the gravel on top. Remember than in an aquarium with fish and water movement the substrate does shift. Some sort of divider might keep them apart like a wall of rock.
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Old 04-27-2010, 10:48 AM   #20
 
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I just tried washing out the play sand.... very hard...

And the color is very dark tannish color... I thought it'd be white...
Darker substrates are better for most fish, less stress. Yes, washing sand is very tedious work. I have some grey playsand I had intended using in my 20g (first time with sand), started washing the first bucket two weeks ago, left it, it is still sitting there waiting for my energy to return. I've decided to use it in the 10g if at all.
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