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    Question Substrate depth for geophagus?


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    What is the recommended depth of substrate for a geophagus tank?
    Will they dig very deeply or just filter the sand within the top inch of sand?

    The tank dimensions are: 72 1/2 x 24 1/2 x 25 5/8

    I have 7 bags of Eco-complete for bottom of tank and 10-20 lb bags of Carib-sea Instant Aquarium.
    Do you think the sand layer will be sufficient or should I order some more?
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    I've kept earth eaters with sand as low as 1-1.5". I didn't have anything underneath though. You could do 1" layer of pool sand (or size #20) so that it is cheaper than 1" of the Carib sea on top of that. What color is the Carib?

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    Its Crystal River sand.
    Here is a photo:
    https://www.caribsea.com/caribsea_instant_aquarium.html

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    When you zoom into the picture is that the life size grain?

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    I actually want to build up some depth from back to front, so it has the look of "visual depth".
    Like four inches in the back, sweeping down to two inches in front.
    Does the pool filter sand take a lot of rinsing?
    I just worry about the heaviness of rinsing all that sand ( with water) and my 50 year old back ! Lol!

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    Hmm. not sure... it says that typical Size:-is 0.5 - 1.0mm

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    Quote Originally Posted by discusluv View Post
    Hmm. not sure... it says that typical Size:-is 0.5 - 1.0mm
    Pool filter sand might need a single rinse to remove the dust. It's generally clean because it is used as a part of the mechanical filtration. The color will vary by location. It is also ~0.45mm in size. The color may be darker than what you have.

    Play sand require a lot more rinsing due to possible oils and other debris, and is half the grain size of pool filter sand. I know geos love this type of sand. The jurupari that I had, would take a mouth full, and you would see the same amount leave the gills.

    Put in the sand that you already have, and not purchase any more. See how the geos like it and react around it. When they sift, sand is spit out through the gills. They will as deep as their mouth will allow. If it looks to big for them, add a layer of play sand later on, which is very light in color.
    Last edited by Rocksor; 09-05-2017 at 08:20 PM.

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    Okay, thank you. :)

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