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Old 02-03-2009, 03:16 PM   #11
 
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Oh. I dunno what that is lol. But anyways I got the play sand from Lowes. Hard to find a bag that wasnt opened and spilling all over. Now that i think about it i shouldve asked can i just have half a spilled bag haha. Oh well. Im trying to find other uses for sand now. So it doesnt go to waste. Its snowing now though and a lil slippery on the sidewalks so i gonna wait till tomorrow or next day to wheel it in lol. Thanks for everyones help!!
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Old 02-03-2009, 03:18 PM   #12
 
Hey--

Don't use reptile sand. Why? It's very overpriced. Also, some lizard sands have calcium/other stuff added in, which can change your water chemistry.

What I use in my tanks is Quickrete Play Sand. You can get 50 POUND bags at Home Depot, for 3-5$.


Make sure you pour the stuff you're putting in into a big container and rinse it out really well with a hose, to get out all the fine sand particles. This will reduce the time it takes for the sand to settle drastically. You can also mix it and match it with other sands/substrates, it looks very natural. My tanks have mostly sand with patches of pebbles.

To keep air pockets from forming, I would recommend malaysian trumpet snails... if you can keep them under control. They sift through the substrate, going through and turning it over. Very helpful. Also, if you have cories, depending on the depth of the sand, since they burrow through it, you might not have to worry about it as much--just poke around with the gravel vac when you vaccume.


EDIT: LOL, we posted at the same time. Seems you already got some play sand. Cool, good luck.
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Old 02-03-2009, 03:24 PM   #13
 
Haha. Yeah, you could have asked for some of the spilled sand. You might have gotten it for free. lol
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Old 02-03-2009, 05:49 PM   #14
 
I LOVE black sand, but it is SUPER expensice, at petmsart it was 20 dollars for 7.5 pounds!
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Old 02-03-2009, 05:50 PM   #15
 
Black and IS pretty.
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Old 02-03-2009, 07:09 PM   #16
 
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I LOVE black sand, but it is SUPER expensice, at petmsart it was 20 dollars for 7.5 pounds!
"Blasting Sand" at your local home improvement store, ~ $6.00 / 50 lbs.

Just make sure its pure Silica.
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Old 02-03-2009, 09:34 PM   #17
 
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Ah okay. Lol Charlie! Thanks for the info though. Dramaqueen-haha yeah maybe. Oh well.
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Old 02-16-2009, 02:01 PM   #18
 
My tank currently has a pearl white gravel in it...is sand better for the tank overall? Especially plants? Would it make much sense for me to switch it over or should I not bother right now?
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Old 02-16-2009, 08:42 PM   #19
 
It depends on your fish. Alot of catfish, and some snails really like sand, but some fish don't care either way :)
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Old 02-16-2009, 09:10 PM   #20
 
So it almost sounds like this is the way to go....I may make the conversion this summer when its not so cold out :)
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