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Is 3" of sand too deep?

I will be using CaribSea's teeny weeny grain sand (Sunset Gold)
http://www.caribsea.com/pages/products/super_nat.html
(looks like Malto Meal, huh)for my Cory tank.
I would also like to grow some low tech plants.
Would 3" be too deep and cause problems? Or will it be fine?
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The sand can be as deep as you want and will never cause problems. . . disturbing deep sand, now that might cause a problem. But I don't think three inches would be an issue, especially if there are plant roots around.


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Some mts will also help aerate the sand. I've got sand almost 5" deep at certain places and haven't had any problems so far.
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why do you want that much, is the real question.
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why do you want that much, is the real question.
I guess I thought it might look purdy. Would 2" look better?
I guess 2" would leave more room for the fish.

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I have 3" of playsand in the deepest area and it seems to be doing fine.
Your plants will like it since it gives their roots a place to go.
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I had real good plant growth with plants with strong roots. but after a year or so the sand will pack up an start to let gases out that can deadly to your fish "smell like rotten egg's" when planting or replanting and will turn Black underneath .
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Silica sand

I decided that's too much sand. 3" is ridiculous. Scratch that.

Incidentally, someone at another forum said that silica sand is best for Cories because it is more round. That it can be found in play sand. I looked at play sand at Home Depot today and I could not fine anything that specifically said it contained silica on the bag. But then again maybe bags don't always say that. It just sat there and didn't say anything. Stupid bag.
Also, in Googling silica, I read that it's linked to cancer. So I dunno.

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kiln dried sand is silica sand. Usually its right next to the play sand

I use it and been using it for years with only the issue of the sand packing down after 3 months.

Sturr it around here and there but try not to disturb the layer of top soil, and ferts that are under it. When I do stir it I see big air bubbles come up from the ground.


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silica is very fine sand used to make all sorts of things, its horrible if u breath it in but its very nice to play with cause its so fine. i thought of using it on my lil tank but never did as i cant make a small hill or grade it just self lvls from being so fine and i heard it might be irritating to there gills but i cant confirm that. i really doubt hd or lowes has any.
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I should of added, i had cories for years and they live great long lives.


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I should of added, i had cories for years and they live great long lives.
Thank you for sharing that. They are such charming little fish. I hope they will be snug as bugs in my tank.

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and i heard it might be irritating to there gills but i cant confirm that.


Does anybody know if silica irritates gills?
And has anyone heard much about links to cancer?

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Does anybody know if silica irritates gills?
And has anyone heard much about links to cancer?
If your wondering if you're going to get cancer by putting your arm in an aquarium with silica sand, or handling it out of water, i highly doubt it... lol.

I wouldn't worry about it.
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