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Old 04-03-2009, 08:18 AM   #1
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Well I finally won the battle with the wifey. I convinced her to ditch the psychedelic colored gravel and decor and to go with something more natural. I picked up a 50lb bag of Quikrete Premium Play Sand at Home Depot for $3.52. I rinsed the sand about 8 times before I was satisfied with how clean it was.

I am very pleased with the look of it! I think my cories like it too! They were busy digging through the sand and checking out their new tank. Now for the pictures.

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After (about 10 minutes after adding sand):


I love how the java moss attached to my barrels:


My peppered cories enjoying themselves in their new home:


I think I have enough left over to do my 30g long also. I will wait to see how this works out in my 10g before I do the 30g. What do you guys think?
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Old 04-03-2009, 09:57 PM   #2
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Looks alot better. Women and their need to decorate....
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Old 04-03-2009, 10:10 PM   #3
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Wow your sand cleared fast my tank took 8 days to come clear your lucky.
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Old 04-04-2009, 07:14 AM   #4
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Sounds like you might have needed to wash it some more. Either that or it was really dusty/dirty. It did clear up rather fast. Yesterday when I got home from work the water was crystal clear.

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I agree. Looks much better!
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Does look more natural. Great Job.
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Old 04-04-2009, 08:54 AM   #7
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Thanks for the compliments. It is a little barren now but I am going to stop by the LFS today and get some more plants. My swords seem to be doing fine, they aren't growing fast but they aren't dying either! I replaced the bulb in the hood, the old one was almost 3 years old, what a difference that made. I'm still debating about what I want to add to the tank. I'm thinking a kuhli loach or two to help stir the sand. I'm going to change my 30g to sand also and was looking into gobies and maybe a peacock gudgeon for that tank.
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Is it true the loaches will dig out your rooted plants?
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Old 04-06-2009, 08:14 AM   #9
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I'm not sure, I know they burrow a lot. My brother had a few many years ago and we thought they were dead for like 6 months. I imagine they could dig up some roots. I don't know about completely uprooting them though. I'll let you know though!

I'm going to a LFS that has some 'odd ball' type fish and I'm hoping I can find some neat new additions. I'm going to QT the fish in my 10g until I get the 30g's substrate switched out.
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I love the barrels! and I am a Sand fan.
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