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1chr1 06-17-2012 05:12 AM

Is sand ok
 
I want to put sand in my freshwater and I was wondering if all my inhabitants would be ok I have guppies, albino bristle nose pleco, African dwarf frog, ghost shrimp, blue mystery snails, trapdoor nails. Thanks for the help

Varkolak 06-17-2012 06:56 AM

I would think it would be fine, only issue would be the snails struggling if you didn't give them plenty of rocks/plants to graze on

Fishguy2727 06-17-2012 09:53 AM

Sand is not only okay but ideal. It is cleaner, much more natural, and no maintenance. I only use and recommend Estes Marine Sand (also known as Stoney River and Ultra Reef) because it is very uniform in size and the size is perfect (lets oxygen get to the whole sand bed, sinks quickly, etc.). I have been using it on all my tanks and all my clients' tanks for about six years and have never had any of the issues associated with sand (really just other types of sand).

1chr1 06-17-2012 01:57 PM

Thanks for the answers the snails have plenty of plays to graze on and decorations and do you have a link to that sand
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Fishguy2727 06-17-2012 07:32 PM

Google. Almost any LFS should be able to easily special order it if they don't carry it. It should run $4-5 per five pound bag, so no more expensive than gravel. I usually do one pound per gallon to get about one inch thickness. There is a whole article on sand in the link in my signature, it includes pictures.

Varkolak 06-17-2012 08:19 PM

If its too pricey check out Pool Filter Sand, I'm a big fan of leslies pool filter sand myself and at $8 per 50lb you cant go wrong

1chr1 06-17-2012 08:57 PM

How would you recommend washing the sand the get it clean for the aquarium
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Fishguy2727 06-17-2012 09:30 PM

The sand I use and recommend requires absolutely no cleaning at all.

Adamson 06-17-2012 09:53 PM

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Originally Posted by 1chr1 (Post 1119865)
How would you recommend washing the sand the get it clean for the aquarium
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