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do any of you have sand as a substrate? if so how do u clean it??
 

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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")
 

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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.
 

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thanks guys. once the tank is cycled i will look into getting a couple kuhli loaches.
 

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jsm11482 said:
thanks guys. once the tank is cycled i will look into getting a couple kuhli loaches.
I'd get 6 or more if I were you. 6 is the most recommended for minimum numbers. Less number of kuhlis make them not so bold and will hide most of the time.
 

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6 in a 15gal? This tank is primarily just to grow plants but a few fish is ok. but is 6 too many?
 

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6 in a 15gal? This tank is primarily just to grow plants but a few fish is ok. but is 6 too many?
In my opinion, it's not too many. Neither are kuhlis big poopers compared to loricariids.
I have 10 when about 25 should fit but money is tight.:mrgreen: :bluelaugh:
 

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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?

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I just used play sand from home depot and don't see any issues yet....
 

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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?

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You have to stir it frequently and after doing water changes.

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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I find the best way of cleaning my sand is to use the gravel cleaner in one hand (keeping it slightly above the sand), and with the other hand I use a plastic fork to stir the sand up. This disturbs the dirt in the sand and it's easier to suck up.

Katherine :)
 

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Sounds like a lot of work :wink: I'll give it a try. Thanks!
 

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Don't hermit crabs eat debris off the bottom? Our LFS suggested hermit crabs for our 55 gallon tank. We put 10 in and they went right to work eating debris from the sand.
 

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Will they eat plants? And hermit crabs can live under water??? I've only seen them in cages, on sand.
 

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Either we were sold a different kind of hermit crab or those land hermit crabs adapt really well to living exclusively underwater ;)

I'm not sure if they eat plants. I wouldn't be surprised, so you probably want to look into it.
 

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I just read a little bit about hermit crabs and it seems that you bathe them by putting them in a container full of water, then they come out of their shell and etc etc. They have modified "hardened" gills which allow them to live outside of water, but apparently they can live completely submerged as well. I never knew that!
 

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You learn something new every day. I know I do! Still, I wonder if there are different kinds of hermit crabs - some adapted for exclusive underwater living and some not. Wouldn't they be the only creature that could live either completely/permanently underwater or completely/permanently on land if that weren't the case? I'm sure I'd of heard of something like this before!
 
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