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Sand for substrate feeders

What's a good sand for substrate feeding fish like Geophagus, Thorichthys, Corydoras, Pangio, Botia, and similar species? I'm looking for a nice sand that's either black, brown, or white. The sand also has to be able to pass through the gills of fish like Geophagus and Thorichthys (i.e. spurt through the gills when they pick up mouthfuls of substrate to search for food in) easily. I'm currently stuck with whatever Lowe's and Petsmart have to offer...
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I've never used it but I've heard a lot about using play sand for these guys. Should be something Lowes has in stock. Its a light tan color. Not completely white but pretty light in color.
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I would recommend Pool Filter Sand. Home Depot and Lowes have it, but you might find a better kind at a local pool supply store. Play sand might be a little bit too fine grained and cloud up. I haven't had that problem with pool filter sand. So far I have about 12 Cory's rummaging through it on a regular basis and a panda garra who I see on it more often than not.
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check my latest post. my local Walmart has bags of pool filter sand for a buck - maybe yours does too.
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check my latest post. my local Walmart has bags of pool filter sand for a buck - maybe yours does too.
Haha, I actually just got back from that thread! What was the brand of the sand ? I wonder if Walmart does comparison pricing between stores
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Haha, I actually just got back from that thread! What was the brand of the sand ? I wonder if Walmart does comparison pricing between stores
I don't remember. I'll probably be down there tomorrow. I'll make it a point to find out and let you know
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My son has play sand, that has been very well rinsed, in his tank. His Corydoras Habrosus are constantly sifting it through their gills, while searching for a bite.
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