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Substrate: Sand, Gravel, or Both?
If you scroll down to ornaments, plants, and substrate the site has this about substrate:
gravel will be absolutly fine for your tank. :)
even if you do decide to get some corys perhaps.
as long as the gravel is not sharp there should be no problem.
Is there a reason why sand is not recommended for freshwater? Is it because gravel is easier to vacuum and clean?
I'm thinking of getting a Panda Cordyoras.
i like sand it keeps your options open and bottom feeders like it too. i think sand may just be a little higher maintenance than gravel. you have to stir it up a little to make sure you dont have any gas pockets in it. and when you clean you have to be a little more careful not to suck up the sand in your vacuum. but the bonuses are cool too. you dont get as much build up of waste hiding in your substrate because it cant sink down anywhere it sits right on top waiting to be cleaned.
i started with larger round black and white gravel and i liked the way it looked. then i decided to get kuhli loaches as bottom feeders and started converting over to black sand. finished it tonight had about 1/3 of the tank to do today but im really happy with the conversion. i just wish i had started out with sand.
Any pictures SheyFirestar i bet it looks lovely :)
corydoras will do well on both substrates,they look more interesting
on sand because they sift through it looking for food,
and the sand falls from the gills,looks funny.
and yeah a little more work,but again it does look nice.
there is no reason not to use it.
alot of people use "play sand" as it's cheaper,however it's reported
that it can compact easily,have a look at the gallery section,
there are some really nice sand substrate tanks on here,
as well as gravel ones,it may help you to make up your mind.
have fun. :)
IMHO sand is the best way to go if you have cories. Even if your gravel is smooth, the cories have to root around in it to get the food that's fallen in between, and it's not really the best way for them to get food. Not that you can't do gravel, but they're much more fun and interesting on sand.
I see... I'll keep this all in mind. Thanks al for the input.
Lets try that again...
I have sand in my aquarium and I think it's great, the reason im posting is I keep on reading about these gas pockets.. What are they? are they dangerous to my fish? & how to I check for them?
Anaerobic gas pocket. = poisonous gasses.
what happens is that if the substrate isn't turned-disturbed
then any rotting waste decomposes and it produces gasses.
when the substrate is eventually stirred,vaced the gas is released
and it can and probably will kill the fish.
i hope i've explained it right.
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