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iceprizm 04-26-2009 05:09 PM

Tropic Isle Tahitian Moon Sand and Corydoras
 
my LFS recommended Tahitian Moon Sand and claimed it would be ok with corydoras.
Caribsea says TMS is not "soft belly safe" CaribSea Super Naturals | Marine Sand | Tahitian Moon | Torpedo Beach | Rio Grand | Amazon | Ramblin Rose | Kon Tiki | Zebra | Peace River
any idea what they mean ?

so is anyone using TMS with cories?

is this combination recommended or not?

Tyyrlym 04-29-2009 07:48 AM

I have that brand and style of sand in my Eclipse tank at work, no cories though. It's a relatively fine grain but more jagged than say a play sand. I honestly wouldn't hesitate to put cories in a tank with it.

iceprizm 04-29-2009 08:55 AM

i asked Caribsea about this, here is their response:

Tahitian Moon is very sharp. That being said I have never really heard of any issues with cories on it. We must however take a “safe” stance so that we don’t recommend anything that can be potentially harmful.
Jud McCracken
Product Support,
CaribSea, Inc.
772-461-1113 ext 14
jud@caribsea.com


i decided to play it safe and bought 2 bags of 3M Colorquartz black grade S. havent put it in yet, but it is much softer than TMS.

1077 04-29-2009 09:05 AM

I read a recent article concerning various substrates and effects on bottom dwellers such as corys. Of all the substrates mentioned.,, Tahitian moon sand is said to be a by product of glass production and was roundly booed as suitable for corys.,plecos,and loaches.

iceprizm 04-30-2009 10:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by 1077 (Post 191312)
Tahitian moon sand is said to be a by product of glass production and was roundly booed as suitable for corys.,plecos,and loaches.

does that mean its not a good idea for bottom dwellers?

ThePearlFish 05-04-2009 08:25 PM

Arrgghh.. I just went out and bought a bag of the moon sand because of the fact that i am going to be getting corys and opened it so i could start washing it, and now i hear that it isnt safe. or rather it "could" be potentially harmful. it is very frustrating when i get conflicting views and i dont know which to go with. plus this was also after i bought gravel that was too sharp, so i cannot return the gravel either because it was opened. sigh. i do not know what to do. although if some people have used it without harm i might just go ahead and use it because i'd rather use the sand that i purchased as opposed to the sharp chunks of gravel i got.

~TPF

whitedevil 05-04-2009 08:47 PM

I have kuhlis and peppered cories with the tahitian moon sand, there have been no issues AT all with it being sharp.

I had no clue it was sharp, no disclaimer on my bag. Its actually a very fine sand, not gritty nor sharp. I have my hands in it ever weekend turning and cleaning the sand and I honestly cant even tell there is sand there. I got it with kuhlis and cories in mind due to it being super fine and very soft.

iceprizm 05-04-2009 09:36 PM

from what i have read and heard the tms should be ok with cories. i decided to play it on the safe side and am going to try torpedo beach sand instead of tms. i also got the tbs 50lbs cheaper than what the tms 20lbs costs.

whitedevil 05-04-2009 10:52 PM

Who makes it, I need some more tomorrow.

iceprizm 05-04-2009 10:58 PM

tms and tbs are both made by caribsea.
CaribSea Super Naturals | Marine Sand | Tahitian Moon | Torpedo Beach | Rio Grand | Amazon | Ramblin Rose | Kon Tiki | Zebra | Peace River

torpedo beach is the next grain size up from moon sand, but it is bottom dweller safe.


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