I have a 55g tank with a play sand substrate that is the bane of my existence. There are three featherfin catfish in there and they love rolling around in it and wallowing it out like little pigs. This is annoying, but the bigger issue is there is sand everywhere, literally everywhere. All my plants are covered with sand (not just low ones, but the leaves of higher up ones all have a sand coating). Vacuuming it is a nightmare as well, I end up unavoidably sucking out a bunch of sand.
I get the feeling that the sand is just way too fine.
Is this common with sand, or did I just choose the wrong variety and/or didn't wash it thoroughly enough?
It is bad enough that I have decided to completely remove and replace the substrate and replant everything. I really would prefer to be able to use sand to be a little gentler on my fish, and I think it looks nice. I do have a 5g with a different (expensive) variety of sand that I have zero problems with, but it is also a very small tank.
I know though, that if I go with sand again and have these same issues, that I might lose my mind. It is hard for me to accept recommendations from people, since I saw many people talking up this play sand and how great it was before I decided to use it. Does anyone know a variety of black sand that is least likely to have these issues?
All them little pandys
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