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dwayne wade 08-15-2010 09:25 PM

CARIBSEA sand QUESTION
 
Hello, i was wondering if you have to wash this sand. my tank has been running since april but lost all the fish and now i have nothing in there but running water so i wanna switch from gravel to sand. i was wondering also if im better off getting this instant aquarium sand or the supernatural sand which is the second link. im worried about the bacteria thing someone please help.

http://www.petco.com/product/112365/...landSubstrates

http://www.petco.com/Shop/Product.as...yviewedproduct

zof 08-15-2010 09:34 PM

From the product description it sounds like the first one is ok for freshwater, but I don't know if washing it would harm the bacteria it has in it.

dwayne wade 08-15-2010 09:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by zof (Post 447768)
From the product description it sounds like the first one is ok for freshwater, but I don't know if washing it would harm the bacteria it has in it.


Do i have to clean sand like gravel with the vacumn?

zof 08-15-2010 09:48 PM

I don't have sand so I don't have any first hand experience but logic would tell me that stuff will still build up on top of the sand, so yea you probably still will but you will probably only need to barely touch it to pick the stuff up on the top.

Byron 08-16-2010 04:11 PM

The first question for you to decide is, what sort of aquascape do you want when it's finished? The type of fish should determine the substrate to some extent. The second one sounds better than the first to me, my only concern is the colour; it says "creamy white" and light substrates are not good choices for the majority of forest fish in planted tanks. These fish do better with darker substrates.

dwayne wade 08-16-2010 08:36 PM

well i got the sand today i went with the one with the bacteria. it looks real nice and my tank is much lighter with the sand over black gravel.i didnt get the white sand i ended up going with the tan. its like the sand on the beach. it looks real good though. it was a tough decision there was so many colors. Ty


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