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Old 02-20-2011, 06:27 PM   #1
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So when I set up my tank I used a very fine sand. Does this limit the kind of livestock I can have, does it hinder some species from burrowing in it? I am noticing now that the tank has started running that there are little air pockets I can see on the sides of the glass, should I be concerned about it. My sand is between 2-4 inches throughout the bottom.

The only reason I ask is that my old tank has pretty course sand, so there are no pockets or voids in it.
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Old 02-20-2011, 09:44 PM   #2
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you should have no problem. i have fine sand in one of my tanks my khuli's love it.
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The only animal that may have trouble would be any burrowing fish (jawfish/gobies) because they like to use the larger rubble in the substrate to build a den, and even a roof... seriously. My jawfish did this to his last den, it looked like a fort.
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The bubbles you see are normal. It could be trapped air that is escaping, or if the tank has been setup long enough it could be nitrogen bubbles.
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It's new sand, and new water so I know it isn't nitrogen. It looks like air that got trapped when I put the sand in. I protected it with a trash bag and pie pan when I added the water so it didn't kick up at all, will that air eventually escape?
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yes it will, go get a couple nassarius snails, they will turn over the sand and all air bubbles will be released.
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