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Petco sand as dirted tank cap?

Would petco or petsmart sand be a good cap for a dirted tank? Should I use black or white sand?!
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I don't see why it wouldn't work - color is a personal choice.
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I don't see why it wouldn't work - color is a personal choice.
I’ve read that using sand isn’t good idea for a dirted tank.
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Iíve read that using sand isnít good idea for a dirted tank.
I would argue that a cap would help keep the nutrients in the soil from leeching into the water column, but you can definitely have too much of a sand cap. I have a cap on my dirted tank and it has been very beneficial.
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I use Petco small natural gravel as a cap for my dirted bottom tank and it works well. I haven't used sand as a cap myself but it seems like I have run into many on this site that have used a sand cap.

You will get some dirt particles that will get pulled above the sand cap when rearranging plants etc. These particles will be much more noticeable on a light sand than on a dark sand. But like it was stated above the color sand you choose is pretty much personal choice.... as long as you don't use fluorescent pink!
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But like it was stated above the color sand you choose is pretty much personal choice.... as long as you don't use fluorescent pink!
If you choose pink you will feel one of the purest forms of regret that can be felt by mankind
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Would petco or petsmart sand be a good cap for a dirted tank? Should I use black or white sand?!
Do yourself a favor and save some money. If you want a natural/white color pick up some pool filter sand. You can get a 50lb bag for under $10 at Walmart. If black is what you decide on, Black Diamond blasting abrasive can be purchased from your local Tractor Supply. Itís generally about $10 for a 50lb bag.
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Iíve read that using sand isnít good idea for a dirted tank.
I would argue that a cap would help keep the nutrients in the soil from leeching into the water column, but you can definitely have too much of a sand cap. I have a cap on my dirted tank and it has been very beneficial.
Eh iím not saying I would rather not have a cap but thanks for your input.

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Would petco or petsmart sand be a good cap for a dirted tank? Should I use black or white sand?!
Do yourself a favor and save some money. If you want a natural/white color pick up some pool filter sand. You can get a 50lb bag for under $10 at Walmart. If black is what you decide on, Black Diamond blasting abrasive can be purchased from your local Tractor Supply. Itís generally about $10 for a 50lb bag.
I have seen many people recommend that. Unfortunately it is not sold anywhere near me.

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I use Petco small natural gravel as a cap for my dirted bottom tank and it works well. I haven't used sand as a cap myself but it seems like I have run into many on this site that have used a sand cap.

You will get some dirt particles that will get pulled above the sand cap when rearranging plants etc. These particles will be much more noticeable on a light sand than on a dark sand. But like it was stated above the color sand you choose is pretty much personal choice.... as long as you don't use fluorescent pink!
Yeah thatís what I worried about. I think it should be fine as long as I donít move he tank decor around too much. Thanks!

I might use pink with yellow gravel in that case! jk! LOL

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Iíve read that using sand isnít good idea for a dirted tank.


Using sand as a cap is extremely common in dirted tanks. If youíre a little paranoid about it (like I am), you could always pay the extra money for proper aqua soil.


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