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Sand?

Well for the 55 gallon I am going to be getting soon i am wanting some sand.. can soemone tlel me how this does with plants? anythign thign i can add toput some ferts into it? can you psot pictures if you have sand? and what color is best? how do i tell if it is good sand? how do i vaccum it? doe sit jump into filters often?
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I personally liked planting in sand, it grabs the plants well. You don't want the sand to get compacted, it will kill roots and possibly animals too if the sand goes anaerobic. Don't get anything too fine and add some MTS(Malaysian trumpet snails). If you rinse it well it shouldn't get into the filter. You vacuum by holding the vac or tube just about the surface so that it sucks up the bad stuff, but leaves the sand. I would suggest a dark color. It makes the fish and plants stand out and it won't show all the crap as well as light colored sand. That's another thing, every bit of fish/snail/shrimp waste sits very visibly on top of the sand. Sorry no pics, I don't have the sand anymore.
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mm.. I was goign to get like 6 clown loaches they will keep the sand nice and loose right? and stop anarebic death spots? and hwo do imrinse sand?
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I've never had clown loaches, so I'm unfamiliar with there digging. I had several corydoras in a sand tank that did not prevent nasty anaerobic pockets. When moving a plant I would find some of the roots were dead, black, and smelled of sulfur. No harm ever came to the fish and I really loved the way it would poof up and then settle, but I got rid of the sand anyway. It was southdown play sand from home depot. I rinsed it just like any other substrate, in a bucket with a hose.
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>> wont alot over flow? and any idea where I can get black/dark sand?

I suppsoe ever water change I will go about pokign the sand haha xd
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Clown loaches won't dig deep enough to stop dead spots in the substrate.
Check out Rex's site for a pic of good grain size sand.

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