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Sand substrate?

I currently have eco-complete as my substrate in my planted tank. But I've noticed that it is quite jagged and my cory catfish have damaged barbels because of it.

I would like to have a sand substrate for the cory cats, but also a good substrate for growing/spreading plants.

There are so many combinations and suggestions out there on the web!!!

What has worked well for you in your tanks? and would you recommend black or lighter colored sand?
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I use play sand from HomeDepot in my MTS tank, and all of the plants are doing great, plus my cory cats seem to like it as they're always sifting through it looking for left overs lol. I've also use pool filter sand in one of my tanks before, with the same results.

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I'd recommend quartz-based white silica pool filter sand, which grows plants very well, with the use of root tab ferts. It's very clean, with very little dust or grit, needs little or no rinsing, and easy to keep clean.
It's much cleaner than play sand, denser, usually larger-grained, doesn't get sucked up in a vacuum tube, does not throw off free-floating grains when disturbed, and will not clog up your filter assemblies - whereas most play sands do exhibit these negative characteristics.
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I'd recommend quartz-based white silica pool filter sand, which grows plants very well, with the use of root tab ferts. It's very clean, with very little dust or grit, needs little or no rinsing, and easy to keep clean.
It's much cleaner than play sand, denser, usually larger-grained, doesn't get sucked up in a vacuum tube, does not throw off free-floating grains when disturbed, and will not clog up your filter assemblies - whereas most play sands do exhibit these negative characteristics.
picking up my white PFS next week, then the long process of changing out substrate in an active tank

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