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Old 04-11-2012, 11:45 AM   #31
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wow makes me not want to have sand...
cause my filter isn't as cheap as the other ones. its a bit more pricey haha
Keep in mind Autumnsky wasn't having pool filter sand clogging up the filter, but a different kind of aquarium sand. It is possible that sand is not as heavy as pool filter sand.

That being said, I must dissent. I hate the look of pool filter sand. I had it in a tank before and it's too lightly colored for my taste.
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Old 04-11-2012, 11:51 AM   #32
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Keep in mind Autumnsky wasn't having pool filter sand clogging up the filter, but a different kind of aquarium sand. It is possible that sand is not as heavy as pool filter sand.

That being said, I must dissent. I hate the look of pool filter sand. I had it in a tank before and it's too lightly colored for my taste.
It is a light color. Mine is a light brown/beige I guess you could say. I actually was expecting it to be lighter in color. Here's a picture of my pool filter sand.
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Old 04-11-2012, 01:30 PM   #33
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Mine is very fine, it also sinks rather quickly but the air bubbler and the filter return and suction keeps a decent current circling and it can catch the particles. And suck them up.

Just sharing so you have a better idea. When I put in my sand, 2+ years ago, I had almost no info found to help me decide and in a FW tank, no one I knew had ever had it for FW. I tried to talk to lots of fish store people, although we don't have much selection. Never even new about sand blasting sand (SBS), and pool filter sand, and some one here even said the SBS comes in black.

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Mumma, thanks, as a gardener I am familiar with the product, just didn't know if you were referring something special for fish tanks. I appreciate the info to check it out on other threads. I am still learning all the different powers of AA. This is my first forum involvement. And a positive experience, I must say!
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Old 04-11-2012, 02:36 PM   #35
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Malaysian trumpet snails burrow in the sand but they don't kick any sand up into the water column. Pool filter sand is a heavy sand. I was doing a pwc last night and some sand was in my siphon tube. When I broke the suction the water and sand flowed out of the tube and the sand grains sunk straight to the bottom of the tank. I really don't think you need to worry about it hurting your filter. I have a Marineland emperor 400 that I just got and I'm not worried about my pfs sand mucking it up.
so you still siphon your sand? what size tank do you have?
I have a 20g high with an Aquaclear 50. I'm thinking the aqua clear 50 would be sucking up all the sand. and do shrimps or bamboo shrimps kick up any sand at all? or any type of nano fish?

also where can i get pool filter sand? and do they come in different colors?
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My filter shrimp is pretty calm, occasionally a fish will startle him and he'll scoot away, but doesn't kick up any sand to speak of.

Don't for get to rinse the sand.
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also would it hurt to have a bubbler in the bottom of the tank? I'm thinking that would kick up a lot of sand..
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The one I think would work are the lite foam like ones you can suction cup onto the back for a wall of bubbles, I bought one for my larger tank and no problem because I attached it above the sand a couple inches. Different sand too, the Petco kind. It was too wide to fit into my more narrow main tank but I think I will buy the smaller one and do the same thing, it will mostly be covered by rocks and plants...

My main tank has the heavy stone bar and it sinks into the sand...duh!

And remember to make sure your air pump can pump enough to get the "wall" of bubbles if that is the effect you would like, less pumping gets less bubbles which isn't bad, just different.

I am glad you asked that question, I just kinda forgot about that, you reminded me, thanks for the memory jog. Thinking about so many other things too.....
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If you have some gravel laying around just cover it with gravel. I did it in my 50. Sand and some gravel can look really nice. It turned out nice in mine.
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so you still siphon your sand? what size tank do you have?
I have a 20g high with an Aquaclear 50. I'm thinking the aqua clear 50 would be sucking up all the sand. and do shrimps or bamboo shrimps kick up any sand at all? or any type of nano fish?

also where can i get pool filter sand? and do they come in different colors?
I wasn't trying to siphon the sand. I was siphoning just above it to get debris off the top of it and I accidentally dipped it too far down. Fish waste and food settles on top of it. I have a 55 gallon tank. It's about 20-22 inches in height. I have a big filter- rated for up to 90 gallons and it cycles 400 gph. I have not seen it kick up any sand. So, last night I did a pwc and started pouring the water in too fast. It stirred up a little sand but the sand sank right back down and didn't linger in the water column. You get PFS from a swimming pool and spa store. I believe it only comes in a light color.

I THINK you can use sand blasting sand and that you can get that in black. However I have absolutely no experience with it.

I have no advice on the fish and shrimp. Ghost shrimp don't kick up sand. That's about all I know.
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