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Old 09-25-2013, 04:33 PM   #21
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You can get pool filter sand at a pool/spa store. 30lbs for like $15.

That should be plenty for the the 55gal.
So 30 lbs is pleanty? Good to know. I'm not 100% if I'm going with gravel and sand. I like how sand looks better then gravel but I have never dealt with sand before so not sure how hard it is to keep clean.
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It is easier!!

We have converted all but one tank to sand. The vacuum doesn't suck it up with the normal attachment but it moves it around.

I think less stuff gets under it and a lot of the bottom feeders prefer it. It's easier on them!

And it looks more natural, IMO.

And if you have live plants, they also like it.
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Old 09-25-2013, 05:23 PM   #23
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It is easier!!

We have converted all but one tank to sand. The vacuum doesn't suck it up with the normal attachment but it moves it around.

I think less stuff gets under it and a lot of the bottom feeders prefer it. It's easier on them!

And it looks more natural, IMO.

And if you have live plants, they also like it.
I do not have any live plants. I was just concerned with the cleaning. I use a gravel vac now and don't want it to suck up alot of sand. I also think sand looks better then gravel.
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Old 09-28-2013, 07:51 PM   #24
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Here it is with new sand, rocks, few more plants, and another piece of drift wood. I like the way it turned out.

May add more plants..??!??

What do you guys think?


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Old 09-28-2013, 08:25 PM   #25
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Here it is with new sand, rocks, few more plants, and another piece of drift wood. I like the way it turned out.

May add more plants..??!??

What do you guys think?
Looks great I think!
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Old 09-29-2013, 10:35 AM   #26
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Thanks. The fish seem to like and are doing great!!!
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Have only had the sand for a day so far but i absolutely love the way it looks!!!
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Did my first water change with the sand and it wasn't to bad. Switching to sand was a great decision. Thanks for all the advice
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Looks great. If you really want to make the colors pop cover the back of the tank with black posterboard.
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I plan on switch the back to black. I may just use a garbage bag. Will that work ok?
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