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Gravel and sand?

I bought some dwarf cories earlier this week and am thinking of putting some sand in my tank for them to dig around in. One corner of my tank doesn't have any plants in it, so it would be easy to kind of slide the gravel away, and replace it with sand.

But in thinking aesthetically, I'm wondering if sand would look better covering the entire bottom, instead of just a corner. If I decide to do that, can I just put a layer of sand over my gravel? Or should I replace the gravel with sand?

Any thoughts/ideas are appreciated - thanks!
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No hard fast rules there. You can add sand over gravel, gravel over sand. There are folks that use sand to make small areas in their tank and it looks really good. Expect that your water will likely be cloudy awhile after adding it.

If you search the forum, you'll find pics of others who have done it and it looks better than you are probably imagining.


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if you add sand ontop of gravel sooner or later all the sand will work its way to the bottom.

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FWIW my dwarf corys dig in my flourite endlessly, and their barbels are fine.

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Thanks for your input/feedback everyone. I do appreciate hearing everyone's thoughts.

I kind of figured the sand would eventually sift down - so if I were to go with sand, I should probably start over. Good to know, though, that the regular gravel probably won't hurt the cories.

I have a 5 gallon hex I may set up for them with sand. Or, I may redo the 12 gal tank at some point, or at least put in a dish of sand (a sandbox! ) but for now, I'll just enjoy watching them.
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