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Old 12-09-2013, 07:39 PM   #191
 
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haha sorry. I was looking at the bottom of the glass from underneath the tank. And my sand is tan (normal color). I saw a few spots that looked gray for some reason. My stand doesnt have a complete top across, there for I can actually see the sand from under the tank.
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:22 PM   #192
 
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The different colors in your sand might be from oxygen level. Deep spots harbor different types of bacteria ( aerobic/anaerobic) that can change the color of sand.
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Old 12-09-2013, 10:27 PM   #193
 
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isnt this a bad thing ? if so how do I prevent it ?
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Old 12-10-2013, 05:43 AM   #194
 
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you can carefully move the sand with a fork perhaps ?
i use a bamboo cane with a cloths peg duck taped to it,as i
can't reach the bottom of my tank
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Old 12-10-2013, 05:52 AM   #195
 
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Yes I can willow, I can even use my hands . Though I have read that it would be harmful to my fish if I stirred it around. I dont have a QT

On the positive side of my endeavors, I have counted 6 tiny little shrimp floating around the daughters tank woo hoo.
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Old 12-10-2013, 12:01 PM   #196
 
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You don't have to disturb the sand. Hydrogen sulfide is somtimes produced by anaerobic bacteria and it can smell bad, but in a healthy tank it is broken down by a succession of bacteria colonies into harmless ( and odorless) products. Rickey posted somthing about this on his thread "ravings of a mad man". Also plants roots will pentrate the sand and eliminate anaerobic conditions.
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:24 PM   #197
 
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You don't have to disturb the sand. Hydrogen sulfide is somtimes produced by anaerobic bacteria and it can smell bad, but in a healthy tank it is broken down by a succession of bacteria colonies into harmless ( and odorless) products. Rickey posted somthing about this on his thread "ravings of a mad man". Also plants roots will pentrate the sand and eliminate anaerobic conditions.
Thnx rsskylight04, I was getting kind of worried. willow, I was just teasing about being able to reach the bottom of my tank

Fish update 2 more male guppies, 4 more female guppies and from rsskylight04's suggestion 4 cherry barbs.
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:31 PM   #198
 
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Cherry barbs are wonderful fish, especially in a large group. Like any schooling fish, they can get nippy when kept in too small of a group, although with them it's more likely to be kept amongst themselves than some other species. Too, breeding pressures can take a toll if there aren't enough fish.
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:53 PM   #199
 
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thnx for the info jaysee, would have bought more but they only had the 4 left.
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:57 PM   #200
 
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What's your m/f split?
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