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Old 08-03-2018, 10:23 AM   #11
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Also I would recommend a filter sponge on your intake. After seeing how much garbage it collects, is recommend one regardless of substrate.

I haven't seen any issues with it yet. Corys root around in it constantly, and as of yet I don't see any issues with it wearing down their barbells.
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Good info, thank you! I'll be using an air pump powered sponge filter. Do let me know if you run into any issues with the blasting sand.
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Good info, thank you! I'll be using an air pump powered sponge filter. Do let me know if you run into any issues with the blasting sand.
I have a sponge filter at one end and a hang on back with sponge on the intake at the other end. I have recently realized how effective sponge filters are dispite seeming primative.

I'll let you know if I see any problems that I can link to the sand, especially with the Corys. that's a concern for alot of people.
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Good info, thank you! I'll be using an air pump powered sponge filter. Do let me know if you run into any issues with the blasting sand.
I also wanted to include that I'm no expert, so do alot of research on the sand you want to use, and make an educated decision.
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Thank you so much, TMaier!

It is very good to know that there can be bad batches. I think I might go ahead and take the risk, but will test it in a quarantine tank first after rinsing the hell out of it.

I'm going to do more research, though, and if I end up going with it, I'll report back any issues.
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I used pest snail test pilots. It would take anywhere from 3 days to 2 weeks for them to show heavy metal poisoning symptoms. Falling over and crawling like they were drunk and canít get up. I think it all depends on how much grazing they do on the substrate as opposed to plants and tank walls.
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