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Old 01-21-2014, 05:23 PM   #1
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Sand for African cichlids

Ok so going to get black sand blasting sand tonight to redo my tank, any thoughts. And also is this sand safe for munba Africans because they dig so much? Thanks
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Old 01-21-2014, 06:00 PM   #2
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My Africans are ok with it. They push the sand with the body rather then pick up gravel with the mouth haha it's even cuter now. I just switched to sand as well
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Old 01-21-2014, 06:04 PM   #3
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Haha cool thanks will post pic after finished
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Old 01-21-2014, 06:07 PM   #4
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My babies. The snow cichlid is doing crazy digging!!! It's neat how he throws his body into moving sand from his cave haha
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Haha cool thanks will post pic after finished

Can't wait to see!!
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:06 PM   #6
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Just make sure you wash it good, Some people complain of a oilly substance while washing. You want this all gone before you put it in your tank. My favorite sand is pool filter, has a nice natural tan color
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Old 01-21-2014, 08:08 PM   #7
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Bout to take gravel out and wash sand will the sand mess with my canister?
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Make sure to turn filter on after all waters been replaced but it shouldn't. It has been known to get in a filter motor and jam it but it's rare
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Make sure to turn filter on after all waters been replaced but it shouldn't. It has been known to get in a filter motor and jam it but it's rare

Don't turn it on during..
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How's it coming along??
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Washed the sand pretty dirty with alk the stuff hidden under the gravel had to shove my poor cichlids in a 10 gal for tonight but the tank is cycled had a 50 gal filter and heater with some rocks they seem to be doing ok. Going to let water clear up then tomorrow add some more sand do a water change and see what happens from there.
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One question if then 10 is cycled would they be ok to leave one more night? There are about 10 ranging from 2" to 4"
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One question if then 10 is cycled would they be ok to leave one more night? There are about 10 ranging from 2" to 4"
You can try but may be risky. I had mine in a bucket while I did my swap and one got beaten badly. So your leaving them in one night or two?
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Yes right now all is fine hoping it says that way
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Almost there just add plants and more rocks. How does it look so far?
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Almost there just add plants and more rocks. How does it look so far?
Good start. I'd maybe look toward more round rocks that can pile higher. I need to for my mbuna tank too. I've been lookin on web at pics of others an I feel like personally a rock like towards each end with some scattered single rocks toward the middle and some open swim space is nice. Kinda like these. Click image for larger version

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I'd like to make mine similar to these. That's my preference! How much better does your tank look w sand?! Thumbs up btw!
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Looking good so far
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If only if only. But I'm really digging the sand. Nice color. Here is the finished project Click image for larger version

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Would the tank be ready to throw the fish back in?
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Thanks took a long time
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