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 Post subject: Sand, gravel or substrate?
PostPosted: Sat Oct 06, 2012 8:45 pm 
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In my tank I have a mixture of gravel, substrate and sand. I was thinking about going all sand but not sure yet. Also not sure if I want black or white sand. Which is best for the fronts and which accents their colors the best?

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I like #er 1 crush coral.

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I use black sand in my tank I have regular white sand and it washed their colors out really bad

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i use a mixture of black and white
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I use pool filter sand, its nice and cheep and looks good IMO.

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Very nice kigomas. Right now I have your average gravel that's left over from when I had piranhas and there's sand from the ray I had and I just added some blsck and white substrate so there's a big mix right now lol

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i like the look of salt and pepper sand. then your fronts don't look too dark or washed out. i also like pfs.

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black sand would be best but for me i use crush coral sand.


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I use fine dune sand at the moment from a nearby beach. I can also get lime sand or limestone sand. Is this okey to use with the fronts?

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i use white fine sand for my fronts. i like black sand too because it will brings up the color of front.


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If your PH doesn't need any buffering, I would go with either pool filter sand, or sand blasting sand. I have beige pool filter sand in my front tank, but have recently discovered sandblasting sand. I picked up a 70 lb bag of white SB sand for $7. It's really fine sand, already cleaned, and looks great in tank.

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Thank you for all the responses from everyone. They help a lot. I'm looking for a bigger tank right now but with money being tight it's tough to find one in my price range. I've had to slow down on my water changes until I can find a bigger tank.

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Craig's list, Craig's list!! I picked up a 130 (72x18x23) with a stand, 20g sump, submergable pump, 2 power head, 250 w heater, glass tops and flourescent fixtures w bulbs for $400 here in Tulsa. Guy even threw in a bunch of rock. Now with PayPal, you can even pay for stuff on Craig's list with a credit card..... Well on second thought, that could be dangerous for us front addicts lol

I keep looking for a 240 on Craig's list.....sigh. Just planning ahead for when my young pim colony outgrows the 130....

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