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Old 09-04-2012, 03:22 PM   #1
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New tank to set up

So I decided to upgrade my tank to a 55gal. and looking to transfer my 2 angels over to it. I want to have it set up perfectly to their needs. I know they like a lot of plants real or fake and should I have sand or gravel?
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I personally prefer gravel, however I know a lot of people do prefer sand. I just find gravel easier to keep clean ect
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I personally prefer gravel, however I know a lot of people do prefer sand. I just find gravel easier to keep clean ect
I find that my sand is easier. Any trash sits on top. When I changed over from gravel, it was nasty underneath, and with weekly vacuuming, it still didn't get it all. My nitrates are much better too.
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:05 PM   #4
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I have sand in all my tanks and I find it easyer to clean
1 tank is all sand no plants
2 my planted tank is kitty litter topped with sand
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:24 PM   #5
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I like the look of sand but I am not sure how to clean it when doing changes. Thanks for the opinions on substrates. I think I will go with sand and learn how to clean it. Any other suggestions for me?
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:28 PM   #6
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I recently switched from natural gravel to tahitian moon sand and love it.

With the sand the fish are more active and doing what they would in nature, dig!

It's a lot easier to clean and since switching my parameters have been spot on. No more nitrAte issues. When I removed the gravel it was disgusting!! You think your doing a good job gravel cleaning but lemme tell ya something...

Was I in shock!! What a mess!! Sand all the way IMO.
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When you go to clean the sand you'll want to hold the end of it a inch or two above the sand and o around in fast little circles. That will force the poop or whatever up off the sand to het sucked up
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Ahhh I'm sold on sand.
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Old 09-04-2012, 04:35 PM   #9
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Yea just like Andy said, it's so easy to clean. Also we have power heads in our tanks. The use of a power head will help debris from settling to the bottom and help get it to the filters better. My sand bed is nice and clean.
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Old 09-05-2012, 02:04 AM   #10
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Okie next question. What should I do for a background? I am not a huge fan of the ones from my lfs I just want like a plain black background
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