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  1. Default Changing up the tank (sand vs gravel)


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    This is my tank now ImageUploadedByTapatalk1404737367.916626.jpg

    Bright colors, kids tank.
    Well I'm wanting to change it up. Maybe do black substrate add some rock caves. Leave the fake plants. Do I do
    Gravel or sand? How do you clean a sand bottom tank? I need to fill out some
    Schools but was wanting to do this before I add more fish.

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    Also my tank inhabitants are: 2 platys (who I'm willing to rehome), 5 white skirt tetras, 1 glo tetra, 3 rio tetras (recently lost 3), 1 emerald Cory (he needs friends), 1 betta, and 1 platinum angel. The latter two actually get along well.

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    If you are not going to be adding any live plants, then just pick the substrate that looks the best to you

    I would recommend sand as I feel it is a little easier to clean. You clean just as you would gravel, but most of the time you do not have to put your gravel vac very deep into the sand to get the crud sucked out. Typically, you just skim over the very top of the sand for a just a routine cleaning, only have to do a deep cleaning everyone once in a while
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    Great. And can I buy play sand? Does it have to be a special type?

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    to your next Betta - Fishhook Bottoms up! - Slaphppy7 Chin-up - Cliff sorry for your loss. - cm12setx T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 
    Enjoy the 4th my friend! - Taurus Sharring my winnings - steeler58 Thanks for the rep :) - rebecca_finny for giving a catfish its first taste of human. - cm12setx pizza for all.  I finished my book today!!! - fishmommie 
    For being MOTM - steeler58 looking forward to more rapid river videos - showmebutterfly A little late, but congrats MOTM! - Slaphppy7 Congrats on 3,000 posts! - Slaphppy7 A Cory for Mr 3,000 - steeler58 
    you could be famous! - SeaLady For following through on a dare! - steeler58 For having a big heart and caring :) - steeler58 Have a cup of joe for the good converstion this morning :) - steeler58 T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 

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    Gravel or sand is entirely up to you. I have one with gravel, one with sand and I don't think it matters. Though I would make a sand bed just a little bit shallower than a gravel bed. As far as cleaning, you'll start to notice that all the gunk just stays on top of the sand so you don't have to dig down into it like you do gravel. Just take your siphon and slowly go over the top, it should pull up whatever is laying on the sand.
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

    You know what this tank needs? ........................ Crypts.

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    to your next Betta - Fishhook Bottoms up! - Slaphppy7 Chin-up - Cliff sorry for your loss. - cm12setx T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 
    Enjoy the 4th my friend! - Taurus Sharring my winnings - steeler58 Thanks for the rep :) - rebecca_finny for giving a catfish its first taste of human. - cm12setx pizza for all.  I finished my book today!!! - fishmommie 
    For being MOTM - steeler58 looking forward to more rapid river videos - showmebutterfly A little late, but congrats MOTM! - Slaphppy7 Congrats on 3,000 posts! - Slaphppy7 A Cory for Mr 3,000 - steeler58 
    you could be famous! - SeaLady For following through on a dare! - steeler58 For having a big heart and caring :) - steeler58 Have a cup of joe for the good converstion this morning :) - steeler58 T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 

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    Ninj'd by Cliff! lol and play sand is fine. Pool Filter Sand is another that is popular.
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

    You know what this tank needs? ........................ Crypts.

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    Many member here (including myself) have used play sand in there tanks

    You just have to make sure you clean it very well before using it, and it will be fine.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    Umm I would do a natraul smooth gravel, why no live plants? A lot can be under incadescent lights but I don't know what you have, hornwort, javamoss, moneywort, aponegetons
    A true aquarist knows what it feels like to step on a sharp piece of gravel

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    I have ramshorn snails.

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    and how do I clean it? Just wash it like you do gravel? What about losing all my BB in the old gravel. Will it be ok since the filters are the same

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