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im planning to add a layer of sand under my gravel in my 55 gallon. here is my list of fish:

  • gold panda lyretail molly
  • red wag platy
  • male leopard guppy
  • a black molly (labeled as assorted mollies)
  • golden dusk platys
  • maybe a few swordtails
is sand suitable for these fish? pls let me know! thx in advance!
 

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50 gal w/ Spoiled Guppies , Mollies and 3 Bettas in private tanks
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Are you going to put in live plants? If so I recommend a substrate like Fluval Stratum or similar substrate under the gravel as sand just isn't as good for live plants. That being said Sand is easier to vacuum clean than gravel to remove fish poop and other detritus that only settles on it - wheras with gravel the detritus sinks in between it.
 

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It is possible. Sand as a substrate has many advantages over gravel. Sand is more natural, easier to clean, and looks much better. It is a little-known fact that many fish species consume sand. They do this to help with digestion. For catfish and other burrowing species, the sand is the first choice of substrate, as rocks and gravel can injure these fish and discourage natural feeding behaviors. So sand will be very suitable for your aquarium with such species.
 
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