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Old 03-11-2012, 12:56 PM   #1
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sand vs. gravel

what are the pros and cons for each???
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I have gravel but I wish I had sand because its much easier to keep clean. But also if you have sand, you have to stir it up every once in a while or keep little critters that will do it for you, or else toxic gasses can build up in it. But that isn't such a big deal, just buy some sand digging fish of some kind. Another upside to gravel is plants seem to stay anchored better.
And like I said, easier to clean. To clean my gravel, I have to take the vac and stick it down in there every couple inches. But with sand you just wave it over the top to suck up the icky stuff. (sorry that was kind of long lol)
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Oh I meant another upside to sand with the plants not gravel lol
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But also if you have sand, you have to stir it up every once in a while or keep little critters that will do it for you, or else toxic gasses can build up in it.
what critters would do that?
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Are we talking fresh or Saltwater?
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Well kuhli loaches burrow, and they are super awesome critters. A lot of loaches, dojo loaches, horsefaced loaches, peppered loaches. Banjo catfish as well as zig zag eels and tire track eels. Also earth eaters...gymneophagus do a great job of stirring up the sand as well as moving it. Crayfish and malaysian trumpet snails do a good job of moving the upper layers.
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how does sand release toxic gasses???
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I've heard that if it just sits there, anaerobic activity causes some toxic gas to build up which could potentially kill your fish upon release. But if you keep your sand below 3 inches, preferably 2, its rare and some people don't even think it happens. But it wouldn't hurt to throw some cats or snails in there.
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would raphael catfish help?
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