yolie said:Please help me!!
Is the CaribSea Aragamax Reef (fine, oolitic) sand safe for Corydoras freshwater fish? I added about 1 inch to my freshwater, 46 gallon tank (15lbs of Estes, 30lbs of Aragamax). It’s extremely cloudy right now so I can’t add fish to begin a cycle yet. I'm worried because it's been hours and it hasn't gotten any less cloudy. Can you suggest a way to clear-up the water? Someone told me on a forum that the cloudiness is most likely due to the sand buffering the KH up and that I’ll have a harder time keeping plants and some fish with this sand. Is this true? Why? Should I switch to a less fine sand? Lastly, when I move ornaments in my tank I get dust clouds. If I have small glider fish like Cory Cats on the sand will their gliding/wobbling around cause then to kick up dust clouds behind them?
Please reply soon. Thanks for your help in advance.
Bonsai said:I don't have experience w/ the CaribSea Aragamax Reef but I've used play sand (from Home Depot) which is very fine also. The cloudiness took several days to clear completely.
You should start a new new thread about the Caribsea Ara. so others (who may have used it) can add their input more readily.
yolie said:I'm lazy... with a plan... I got one hose sucking out water while the other hose puts water in... clearing it all up really fast and it's rinsing out the sand in it's only little way. I even got the water level to stay put while it does this change. It may take hours but I'd rather that then weeks. I'll post a new thread with an update.
GOOD GAWD. I'm a genious (sp?). I guess I'm more impatient then lazy because this took some work... I forgot to get a connector to the faucet. I recommend an outlet run spot lifter if u have carpeting... > Anyways, 2 hours and EVERYTHING IS PERRRRRRRRRRRRFECT! I can even run my hands thru the sand without DUST TRAILS!!! yay!