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fishyinpa 02-02-2009 08:28 PM

sand substrate
 
hello. well i am getting some corydoras soon and i know sand is better for their barbels. So I am wondering what kinda sand do i use. I looked at the sand they sell in the fish department at pet stores and I dunno whats what. Most are really expensive. I was told by some on here to get sand from home improvement store. well you can only get 50lb bags there and i dunno what i would do with all that after i use some for the tank. I could use some for my gerbils and hamsters but not that much! Lol. So what else can i use? Right now im using repti sand by zoo med for my gerbils and hamsters,but i dunno if its okay for fish tanks or not. heres a link so you can see what it is.

Zoo Med Repti Sand at PETCO

Are there any other kinds of reptile sand i can use or not really. I appreciate anyones help. Thanks! :-)

jerrypunch 02-02-2009 08:39 PM

I heard that sand compacts and possibly forms some kind of gas pockets. More maintenance IMO.

fishyinpa 02-02-2009 08:41 PM

Oh okay. gotcha.

aunt kymmie 02-02-2009 09:51 PM

Yes, it is true that anaerobic gas pockets can form but it's very easily remedied by stirring the sand when you do your weekly water changes. I have sand in all three of my tanks and it's not a problem at all. Fish like cories & loaches fare much better on beds of sand than they do gravel.

I wouldn't use the Repti Sand. Granted I don't know much about it but if it was safe to use in the aquarium environment it would be advertised as such.

fishyinpa 02-02-2009 09:54 PM

Oh okay thanks. Im still searching for some other than play sand. So far no luck. I just posted on cl to see if anyone has extra they arent using or would split a bag with me lol. Other than that i dont know what to use. I hate to buy some expensive one when i can very well get it cheap.

aspects 02-02-2009 10:11 PM

your best bet is silica sand. its very light colored and looks great in tanks not to mention the white sand will help brighten it up.
as far as the gas trapped in the sand. thats normal. like kymmie said, just reach down and stir it up when you do your weekly WC and it will release that gas.

best of luck

fishyinpa 02-02-2009 10:38 PM

Hmm well actually came up with an idea. My sister has plecos in a 60 gallon tank. Along with some other fish. They are quite big. So i read online plecos are good with sand. So i think ill ask her if she wants some sand lol. I could take like 10lbs of it i guess and let her have the rest. even if she doesnt use it, it wont be sitting here taking up room. works for me. She probably be like huh haha. I think i like this plan. She changed her number though so i cant text her lol. Ah well.

aunt kymmie 02-02-2009 10:39 PM

Yep, my pleco is on sand :-)

fishyinpa 02-02-2009 10:41 PM

Ooooh...cool! Now if i could get ahold of her lol.

dagizmo19 02-03-2009 03:04 PM

Otherwise, if you are looking for a black color sub straight, you could try "Blasting Sand"


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