What sand is best to use ontop of aquasoil?
Okay, I'm prepping my 10g for planting.
But I don't really like the blue gravel I have in there anymore, especially now that i'm going with live plants~
So of course I'm picking up some Aquasoil later this week [probably thursday+], and I was debating between just tossing gravel atop it, or sand..
I have 2 Julii cory [soon to be 3-4 on thursday, I hope.] and two flame honey gourami [ the ones that are about 1.5-2in honey gourami, but have a brighter orange/red color, but not sunset honey.].
My cory seem to love trying to room around in the gravel, but given their small size [they're still a bit young, maybe an inch at best, and they only get to about ..1.5-1.8in ] they can't really seem to do it.
Nor do I want them rooting around in gravel, they could get hurt or break a barb ><.
So I was thinking of putting sand atop my Aquasoil.
What sand would be best? I've heard a few people talking about Pool filter sand, would that be fine for my fish? It might also be going atop the soil in a 2.5, too. Maybe.
Would I have to mix in some gravel [I have white and black gravel too, and a small amount of natural toned too I have laying around somewhere] to keep the sand from compacting? Or would my corys do a good enough job of that?
Also, what are normal cleaning methods for sand?
I have one of those gravel vacs that you pump it in the water until it starts the suction.. Would I just swirl that around the top layer to kick everything up , and then scoop up the aftermath with my vac?
I also heard you have to swirl your soil or else harmful gas bubbles build up- Is that true?
I just wana get all my facts straight with sand before I attempt working with it~.
But I do like the look of sand in tanks, and I think my Julii cory would not only appreciate it, but looks pretty nice against it too, along with my gourami~.