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post #1 of 7 Old 07-31-2013, 07:36 PM Thread Starter
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Sand for the 125 gallon

I'm going to be adding sand to the 125 soon. I've had a hard time deciding what to do, but I think I'm ready to move forward.... 1.5 bags (75 lbs) of pool filter sand, 1 bag (20 lbs) of tahitian moon sand, and 0.5 bags (10 lbs) of moonlight sand. so it will be tan with some mixed in black and specs of white. I think that's a good ratio. Anyone have mixed sand tanks?

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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post #2 of 7 Old 07-31-2013, 09:42 PM
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Never mixed sand before but have some multi purpose sand that's mixed.



It has different color sand and smooth small gravel in it in. I think it looks good.

What you are planning sounds like a lot of work trying to get even portions through out that size tank!

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post #3 of 7 Old 07-31-2013, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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I'm going to mix the sand in the bucket before I begin washing it. But yeah, it's more work than just doing all one kind. But is it going to be worth it.... What a major PITA to fix if I don't like it.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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post #4 of 7 Old 07-31-2013, 10:08 PM
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Yeah it sure will be a pain to fix! Hopefully it will come out the way you have envisioned! Good luck and let us know how it comes out.

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post #5 of 7 Old 07-31-2013, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks! I think i may test it in another tank first....

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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post #6 of 7 Old 07-31-2013, 10:26 PM
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Why don't you just try some different ratios in small cups and compare and see which one you like best? :)

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post #7 of 7 Old 08-01-2013, 01:24 PM
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All my tanks with sand are mixed. some are that soft bahamian sand mixed with tahitian moon sand (thats in my cory tank probably 10% tahitian moon but I kinda want more). my 75 is slowly mixing tahitian moon sand with some type of bright white sand Thats more 50/50 at the moment but it's going to take a while because I have a lot of plants and it was originally black and white gravel a mix of 75%white 25%black..I want the same with the sand. My cray tank. You saw that one..it's 90% white sand 10% tahitian moon. then my cichlids have and 25% black sand 75 % white. But I don't think my cichlids like my idea of sand ratios..they keep picking out the black sand and putting it in a pile in the back behind a rock hahah
From what I've found of all the sands I use .. the tahitian moon sand is super easy to add more after the fact..It doesn't make a mess. I never go with one color in my house..even my nightlight tanks are mixed lol

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