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Old 04-08-2012, 11:39 PM   #11
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Bad idea with that substrate. I have a fw ray and I would never ever even think about using that. If your going to do it you need to do it right the first time and go with a sand that states it is safe for rays .
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Old 04-08-2012, 11:54 PM   #12
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I've never seen sand that says "ray safe"?
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Old 04-08-2012, 11:58 PM   #13
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It's out there . I have an empty bag in my shed. I would take a pic but it's late over here.
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Old 04-09-2012, 06:47 PM   #14
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I'm just wondering how would it scratch itself if it's not sharp? I mean, in aquariums there are touch tanks with people touching them. I'm not very knowledgable on substrate as you can see lol.
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Old 04-09-2012, 06:50 PM   #15
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It may not look sharp or feel sharp to you but I bet if you look under a microscope you can find sharp edges. When your on a beach the sand feels good on your feet but I bet if you get some between your cheeks if you know what I mean it's not going to feel good at all.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:54 PM   #16
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What would be the worst that could happen if I tried it and saw scratches and changed it?
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:56 PM   #17
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The same reason you don't want to change it now . Harmful gases from under the sandbed and rays will get infections really quick and you cant use meds because they are too sensitive to it.
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:35 PM   #18
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I mean what would happen to the rays. Thanks for the help do far
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After he gets scratched up he will get infected. My co worker has the same fw ray I have. A 2 inch window cichlid bit the ray. 24 hours later the ray has some type of infection. You can't give rays and sharks meds period so guess what he has to do? He just has to wait and see if it gets better or if it dies. Now let's say you do get one with your current substrate and he gets scratched and infected. Do you think the ray will be able to be moved from the tank without causing serious stress? Then you have to risk all your fish to change the substrate in a hurry and you will probably have a mini cycle . Are you going to put your ray back in that tank? See my point?
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Yup! I'll try to change it over time. Take a half out every pwc.
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