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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-30-2011, 06:49 AM Thread Starter
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From Gravel to Sand - Need Help!!

i am moving from Gravel to Sand..i am doing various searches over the internet about various sands..
but getting confused as to buy which sand..

i am looking for a sand which is perfect for corys, as i believe if corys can enjoy in that sand then i guess every fish will enjoy it..
and which will not alter my pH or anything...

i went to a local home depot store near my area..there is one sand i am leaning towards..its very fine and is brown in color..
i inquired about it, so the guy at home depot said its a river sand..

so is river sand suitable??..i bought sample to home and kept in water for couple of days..and its excellent
clear water and when i stirr up it goes back down pretty fast..
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sorry for the bad pic...hope it will help in my query..
open for suggestions and opinions..
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As river sand it's probably rounded, and safe for bottom dwellers/burrowers. I'm not sure how small it is, or how uniform. If it's very small grains, it will compact over time. If there are varying sizes, smaller grains will eventually end up on the bottom with larger grains on top. My guess is that will work well, especially if it caps dirt, MTS, or potting soil.
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I've used beach play sand from home depot and pool filter sand too. There really is not too much sand that would not work.
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yes..this is very fine sand like play i guess so there is more risk of anaerobic spots
i will search for pool filter sand..thats the only one which has good size, not too large not too small..
anybody using Sandblasting or Play sand??..hows the performance of the sand?? any problems??
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If you go with play sand or something equivalent, use a thin layer and you should be fine. But I have the best luck with Mystic White Pool filter sand.

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