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GREEN SAND! help !

My sand is turning green, i use a silica sand, its turns green after about 2 weeks after cleaning, the only way it gets clean is a bath in bleach.

any help?

and it smells awful, i plan on getting some amazonia II but i would like to use it in my 2.5 gallon
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It's likely cyanobacteria. If so, antibiotics also would kill it (though also probably wipe out your cycle and I'm sure bleach is cheaper).

And you've probably got a nutrient/light imbalance.

Personally, I can't stand sand for this reason- IME it's impossible to keep looking clean for long.





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my sand stays perfectly clean.guess iam the lucky one
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my sand stays perfectly clean.guess iam the lucky one
LOL you probably just jinxed yourself...





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Use half dose of EM and youll be ok.

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yeah im planing on geting some amazonia but for now i gotta pay the bills haha, what exactly is EM?
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laruraleelbp - i agree sand is not excatly easy to keep clean. once i get some money to spare im thinking amazonia or eco complete. what are you using??
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Flourite black is my favorite substrate.

EM = Erythromycin, antibiotic





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Generally speaking I think the larger grain size sands like pool filter are easier to keep clean. But as others have pointed out one's tank conditions willl influence whether it stays white or not. Also I wouldn't put sand in a heavily stocked tank. Bottom feeders poop too, especially those plecos.
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Yes PFC is easy to clean, with a bit of practice you can vacuum it easily enough (I can do it after all) but if you get anything in a smaller size it becomes an issue.

Tank conditions is probably the larger issue.

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