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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-03-2013, 10:17 PM Thread Starter
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Switching to sand

I am switching my planted Betta tank over to sand and I was wondering if there is anything I should know about sand compared to other substrates.

40 gallon - Misc fish
15 gallon - Axolotl
5 gallon - Betta and ADF
20 long - Hatchling turtles and corydoras.

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Sands used in aquaria, including LFS store-bought brands, play sand, or pool filter sand, are inert, therefore there is a need to use root tab ferts for growth of rooted plants.

Pool filter sand is generally very clean, dust & grit-free, and needs little or no rinsing.
Play sands obtained @ big box stores are less dense, finer, grittier/ dirtier, and usually require significant rinsing to avoid cloudy water conditions initially.

Play sands also tend to free-float into the water column when disturbed, are easily siphoned out when vacuuming, and get into, & clog up, filters & assemblies; whereas pool filter sand is denser/heavier and does not usually have those negative qualities.

There are so many different brands & types of LFS bought sands, that you never know what you're going to get, although they're not usually very fine, nor very dirty/dusty.

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I bought playsand and I am using sponge filters so luckily so worries about clogging the intake.

40 gallon - Misc fish
15 gallon - Axolotl
5 gallon - Betta and ADF
20 long - Hatchling turtles and corydoras.

Soon to change I am sure
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