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post #51 of 93 Old 08-22-2012, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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Your tank is beautiful...Is that black sand?
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post #52 of 93 Old 08-22-2012, 02:37 PM
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Thank you! Yes, it's black sand with some black gravel mixed in. I'm slowly removing all the black gravel, a little with each water change. I originally added the gravel to help hold down the plants. Now it's not necessary but I have to admit, it looks more natural with sand & gravel together.
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post #53 of 93 Old 08-22-2012, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah....Did I get it at a fish store?A 20 lb here is 32.99
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Yeah....Did I get it at a fish store?A 20 lb here is 32.99
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Playsand will be less money, a 50-pound bag is a few dollars at Home Depot or Lowe's. Sand is fine if you have live plants. Five of my seven tanks are playsand.

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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 you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re 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 that black sand in my tank is very expensive, It's Stoney River Brand and I think I used about (7) 5 lbs bags or so plus about 15-20 pounds of black gravel. Much of the gravel has been removed, I'd say around half.

Sand is great if you plan to have Kuhlis or Corydoras because they literally dig through it with their faces. Ssome types of gravel can damage their barbels.
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post #56 of 93 Old 08-22-2012, 03:43 PM Thread Starter
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Yes I do..I like them alot.Have 4 now.I will look more into sand then.Didn't know this would be so hard.thank you for helping me so much
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No problem. Building your tank is frustrating sometimes but it's also fun to get it just the way you want it, and then change it all around again!
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post #58 of 93 Old 08-22-2012, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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One more question...I bought this aquarium on CL.It's like brand new but had saltwater fish in it.What do I use to clean it all out
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One more question...I bought this aquarium on CL.It's like brand new but had saltwater fish in it.What do I use to clean it all out
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That's actually a question I don't know the answer to, maybe Byron can answer? I'm positive you can still use the tank but I'm not sure what to clean it with. I've heard of using bleach to clean it with but DON'T DO IT until someone else confirms this & which type of bleach to use.
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post #60 of 93 Old 08-22-2012, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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Ok...Headed to Lowes to look at sand
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