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Old 06-22-2008, 05:48 AM
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Default Gravel or sand?

Years ago a good friend of mine remarked that rather than gravel in a tank sand should be used. Any thoughts re sand vs gravel in the bottom?
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Old 06-22-2008, 06:02 AM
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Default Re: Gravel or sand?

It really boils down to what you want to do with the tank. Sand or gravel works fine alone or mixed. I keep live plants and find that a layer of medium sand with a layer of medium gravel on top is good for me. There can be problems with too fine a sand or too coarse a gravel because fine sand will trap gasses if it is deep and coarse gravel will trap debris that will foul the water. Gravel that is jagged or real rough can damage the mouths of bottom feeders. The average gravel sold in the two and five pound bags in most stores is good for most any usage.
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Old 06-22-2008, 10:15 AM
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I have always wanted one tank with sand in it. It's a very beautiful type of gravel, but i read on this forum that it's hard to clean with the syphon filter. I'm guessing that that is true? I just always wanted to keep like aquarium grass and i thought that sand would look nice with that plant.
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Old 06-22-2008, 03:32 PM
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Pwat..............most of the debris will sit on top of sand making it much easier to vacuum off. Just don't get the vac tube into the sand as it will syphon out with the water.
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Old 06-24-2008, 09:10 PM
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Default Re: Gravel or sand?

I have both. I have a 120 with rock, & a 14 with sand. I like the sand better. If you are going to have a live planted tank I have found that the plant roots get through the sand easier. I put my hard to root plants in the 14 gal now. The only down fall to the sand is it takes days for the powder off the sand to get sucked up in the filter. My 14 stayed really cloudy for about a week before I could see through to the back of the tank & I ran a lot of water over it before putting it in the tank. If you don't mind the cloudy water it looks real nice once it clears up.
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A "too" fine sand will eventually compact and make root growth difficult. That is why I have 1 to 2 inches of regular size gravel over an inch or so of playsand.
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Whoops! I didn't know that. My bad. For now i just work with my gravel. When i feel ready i could get some sand later on. Maybe i can keep some danio's, they attract me for some reason.
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Pwat...........I didn't say sand was bad. You just have to think about what you want it to do and what are some of the draw backs. On subjects like this, it is wise to get many opinions and research the published facts. I think playsand is near to being too fine and construction sand is more better, but may be too rough for fish with sensitive mouth parts like catfish. As you can see, there are many things to look at before deciding what you want.
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Old 06-26-2008, 07:23 PM
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Is there one that's inbetween playsand and construction sand? I just thought that sand looked more real, as if it was in a river rather than colored rocks in a tank. Ya feel?
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