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post #1 of 5 Old 02-20-2018, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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Question Sand Substrate

I did some digging through the forum for posts on this subject, but they seem to be several years old.
I am going to be setting up a 42 gallon at my office and I like the look of sand. I plan to get a school of albino cory's, so I know they prefer sand.

Guess my question is, is the play sand route still preferred for pricing or is the pet store bagged sand worth the extra bucks? With sand, how much do you actually need for a 36" wide?
not planting the tank and just have regular decor throughout.

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post #2 of 5 Old 02-20-2018, 04:12 PM
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FWIW I just use play sand.

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: https://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #3 of 5 Old 02-20-2018, 04:20 PM
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Pool filter sand is my favorite to use.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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post #4 of 5 Old 02-20-2018, 06:12 PM
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Pool filter sand is my preference. I have used both. Plays sand varies in size and is quite dusty. Pool filter sand is larger grained and a consistent size. If the sand is stirred up the pool filter sand falls straight down vs the play sand that tends to stay suspended longer. This helps to fight compaction in the sand as well as keeping it out of your equipment that it could potentially ruin.

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post #5 of 5 Old 02-20-2018, 06:51 PM
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Yup pool filter sand is uniform in size.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
2.5 - betta
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