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Cleaning sand substrate
do any of you have sand as a substrate? if so how do u clean it??
i have no igea i think you hover the vac over the sand . (p.s you have move some of the around so u dont get "dead spots")
Detritus stay on top of the sand, not the bottom. So it's easy to remove detritus. Siphon in a slant way to prevent the sand from getting sucked.
You have to stir the sand frequently to prevent production of anaerobic spots.
If you have cories, then they will lessen the burden for you as cories love to forage the sand. Pls do add kuhli loaches as they love burying under the sand and you'll find that this will lessen further your burdens to stir them.
thanks guys. once the tank is cycled i will look into getting a couple kuhli loaches.
6 in a 15gal? This tank is primarily just to grow plants but a few fish is ok. but is 6 too many?
I have 10 when about 25 should fit but money is tight.:mrgreen: :bluelaugh:
I'm curious about sand as a substrate as well...I'm thinking about getting a figure 8 puffer and have read that they are brackish fish that enjoy a sand substrate. Will simple play sand suffice? I've thought that perhaps this is too bright of a substrate and will irritate the puffer. Also, how often is it necessary to stir the sand to prevent anaerobic spots?
I just used play sand from home depot and don't see any issues yet....
If you want figure-8 puffers, ensure your tank is large and no fish should be put in there as puffers tend to nip.
You'll need a hydrometer to check the salinity of water.
Juveniles will thrive in freshwater but as they grow, they'll be needing salt conditions to fluorish.
For brackish water, 1.024 should be the salinity measurement.
1.025 for marine.
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