Sunshine, did the LFS
say why you needed three inches of sand? There a lot of opinions out there about DSB
. Personally, I do not use CC
because it doesn't look as natural. But that is a personal issue. I am planning to put a 3-4 inch DSB
instead. But, ask 10 people and you will get 10 different answers.
As for the CC
dying and stinking up your tank, there are numerous articles out there about DSBs that tell you the same thing. If I can find those links I will send them to you. I think you need to read up on DSBs and make the decision for yourself. Just to make things more complicated, there are a growing number of people that have gone with a "bare bottom" tank. In some cases they put some sort of "cover" on the bottom of their tank so that the LR
will not scratch it. Their are for doing this is intriguing. I have seriously thought of it myself, but I really like the look of sand. I know my reply may have raised more questions, for that I apologize, but I think you need to take people's advice, including my own, as a guide and not law. You need to make the ultimate decision because you are going to have to live with it.