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Old 02-02-2012, 05:08 PM   #11
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You can get a bag of pool filter sand for less than $10. Maybe you can reconsider.
Have you experience with pool filter sand? I have read so much contradicting information regarding its use, so much so that I am afraid to try it.

Also, my husband is very tired of money out put towards the fish tanks lately, so I have to ease up for awhile... oops...
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Home depot sells play sand 6 bucks for 50 lbs. rinse several times and your good to go.
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Home depot sells play sand 6 bucks for 50 lbs. rinse several times and your good to go.
What would you recommend adding to it for plants? I wonder would it work fine over the top of "top soil" and crushed oyster shells.

I do regular gravel cleaning at the same time as my 25% water changes every 2 days. With sand, I am at a loss for how to clean it. I have read about sand being bad for beginners to the hobby. I love sand though! My favorite Aqua-Scapes have sandy bottoms.
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Nah its just as easy as gravel.

Put 1" - 1 1/2" down.

As far as the gravel vac goes you can hover it slighty above the gravel. If alot of sand goes up the tube you can pinch the plastic tubing and it will drop down.

Every few months you should agitate half or a portion of the sand to release any gases that might accumulate.

I find sand is alot cleaner and the food doesnt get trapped as easy as gravel.

And if you have some corys the make cool trails by swimming through it.
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Nah its just as easy as gravel.

Put 1" - 1 1/2" down.

As far as the gravel vac goes you can hover it slighty above the gravel. If alot of sand goes up the tube you can pinch the plastic tubing and it will drop down.

Every few months you should agitate half or a portion of the sand to release any gases that might accumulate.

I find sand is alot cleaner and the food doesnt get trapped as easy as gravel.

And if you have some corys the make cool trails by swimming through it.
Oh that's great news! I think sand is really beautiful in tanks! Thank you so much for sharing!
I will do some research about changing from gravel substrate to soil covered with sand. And since I will be re-vamping the tank, I might as well set it up for my low tech plan I've been working on. I assume I will have to move the fish and water to buckets to lay the soil, oyster shells and sand down. Then refill the tank with the water, maybe a plate with some of the gravel substrate on it to keep some of the good bacteria in the tank until a later date when everything has a chance to get working properly again.
Although I did read that top soil instantly cycles a tank making it ready for fish the same day. Since I will be keeping the gravel in the tank (on a plate) and the same filter media it should be just fine to put the fish back in same night. Of course I will do a water test! And gradually acclimate the fish to their new tank, because even though it will be the same water, I believe the soil and oyster shells will change it.

What do you think?
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