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post #11 of 16 Old 02-05-2013, 02:24 AM
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Well, after googling some images and videos of the dwarf cory cat species, I decided that they are just too darn cute to pass up, so I guess I'll be switching over to sand substrate. I think I'd like to spring for the aquarium sand, simply because the smallest bags of play sand I could find were 50 pounds and I don't want to have half a bag of sand just sitting in my room for the semester. Any recommendations or advice for what I should look for in the sand department?
Yeah, sure, Dont look for aquarium sand IMO. Or weigh up pros and cons.
I was given a $30 bag from my LFS free when i asked them about play sand etc and i wish id bought play sand in a way. It might be true of both.......but aquarium sand is NORMALLY much finer....which poses problems. With shallow rooted plants - lacks the weight to hold some without some real jigging, cleaning - much harder not to suck it up! I lost like a pound when i looked at the clock! I also had to baffle the outlet on my fluval u2 filter as it was blowing up a corner of sand into a mound...leaving some glass exposed!

On the other hand, its prettier. And i like pretty. So im happy with it!

You say about half the bag though........well id guess the correct amount of aq. sand costs $20. play sand $5. You could easily throw that away and Still be in the black! (Or advertise it for free.someone will take it!)

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If you go with an aquarium sand, select a dark colour (or a mix like play sand is) and make sure it is inert. Many aquarium sands are intended for marine or rift lake setups and are calcareous and will raise the GH and pH quite a lot, so you don't want these.

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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 youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre 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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Yeah, sure, Dont look for aquarium sand IMO. Or weigh up pros and cons.
I was given a $30 bag from my LFS free when i asked them about play sand etc and i wish id bought play sand in a way. It might be true of both.......but aquarium sand is NORMALLY much finer....which poses problems. With shallow rooted plants - lacks the weight to hold some without some real jigging, cleaning - much harder not to suck it up! I lost like a pound when i looked at the clock! I also had to baffle the outlet on my fluval u2 filter as it was blowing up a corner of sand into a mound...leaving some glass exposed!

On the other hand, its prettier. And i like pretty. So im happy with it!

You say about half the bag though........well id guess the correct amount of aq. sand costs $20. play sand $5. You could easily throw that away and Still be in the black! (Or advertise it for free.someone will take it!)
Nilet, do you remember specifically what kind of aquarium sand you got?
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Nilet, do you remember specifically what kind of aquarium sand you got?
I do indeed. I will go as far to post you a link to the site

www.unipacpet.com

This is what my LFS use as well in their sand tanks, hence them just giving me 25kg for free........they have a Lot!

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post #15 of 16 Old 02-08-2013, 08:47 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, so I finally got the tank switched over to sand! It's not as dark as I'd like it to be, but I think it will still work. I hope to plant sometime next week. I'm going to go with Italian Vals, Pygmy chain sword, and Ludwigia Repens. I think I'm going to get a bunch of the plants and go for a heavily planted tank. And, seeing as I've never done a planted tank before, any advice on the actual planting would be great (location, spacing, depth of planting, etc).

As for the fish, I've been thinking a lot about the stocking scheme for the tank over the past week and I think I have it narrowed down. I would like to include schools of mosquito rasbora, Pygmy corydoras, and celestial pearl danios. Will these three fish species work together? And how many of each could I have?

Thanks in advance for your help!
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Ok, so I finally got the tank switched over to sand! It's not as dark as I'd like it to be, but I think it will still work. I hope to plant sometime next week. I'm going to go with Italian Vals, Pygmy chain sword, and Ludwigia Repens. I think I'm going to get a bunch of the plants and go for a heavily planted tank. And, seeing as I've never done a planted tank before, any advice on the actual planting would be great (location, spacing, depth of planting, etc).

As for the fish, I've been thinking a lot about the stocking scheme for the tank over the past week and I think I have it narrowed down. I would like to include schools of mosquito rasbora, Pygmy corydoras, and celestial pearl danios. Will these three fish species work together? And how many of each could I have?

Thanks in advance for your help!
The Celestial Pearl Danio is probably not a good species to include, for the reasons noted in the profile.

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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 youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre 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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