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Postby carlpatton » Wed Jul 11, 2007 4:43 pm

I currently use gravel in my 55 gallon tank, but I would prefer sand because of the natural look it gives the tank. Any advice for using sand, does it require more upkeep? :?
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Postby dw » Wed Jul 11, 2007 5:18 pm

Sand is slightly more upkeep, it needs stirred every week or two, otherwise you end up with areas deficient in oxygen, which then leads to black sand and hydrogen sulphide gas production. It's worth turning off your filter when you stir the sand, as it prevents any grains getting it and damaging the parts.

You need to alter the vacuuming slightly as well, basically hover about an inch over the sand, otherwise you end up sucking it up. Luckily dirt lies on top of the sand anyway :)
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Postby Tropics » Fri Jul 13, 2007 11:47 am

So what would you stir the sand with a small stick of some kind? I was also thinking of changing to sand but I wasn't aware of that problem i'm pleased i've read it now :D
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Postby David » Fri Jul 13, 2007 11:52 am

I just use my fingers and sift it through the sand.

Sand = looks better but harder to maintain
Gravel = not as nice looking as sand(IMO) but easier to clean
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Postby dw » Fri Jul 13, 2007 11:57 am

Or use the handle of an algae scraper or something, doesn't really matter, I use my fingers.

I'd argue that sand is easier to clean, everything lies on top of it and it's obvious if you miss bits. It just needs a different approach than gravel, and stirred occasionally.
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Postby Tropics » Fri Jul 13, 2007 11:58 am

Hmm, i'm having second thoughts now, is there anything else that sand needs that gravel doesnt?
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Postby David » Fri Jul 13, 2007 12:00 pm

I find gravel easier to clean because i just stick the syphon end into the gravel for a couple of seconds then change place. But with sand, i'm either to close or too far. :roll:
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Postby Tropics » Fri Jul 13, 2007 12:03 pm

I seriously dont know whether just to change to a better looking gravel or go for sand
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Postby dw » Fri Jul 13, 2007 12:06 pm

It's upto yourself, sand is easy to look after once you've got used to cleaning it.
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Postby Tropics » Fri Jul 13, 2007 12:09 pm

Yeah your right, everything needs practice, I'll go for sand as it looks a lot better. thnx guys
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Postby David » Fri Jul 13, 2007 12:10 pm

I think the extra is worth it. :)
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sand/gravel

Postby carlpatton » Fri Jul 13, 2007 1:18 pm

thanks for the advice everyone, please keep my friend in your prayers he passed away Monday, he was an extreme fish lover who turned me on to the hobby, his favorite fish was neon tetras, which i just put some in my tank for rememberance, his pride and joy was his octapus. Has anyone ever seen those things eat, real creepy.
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Postby JBC223456 » Fri Jul 13, 2007 9:49 pm

I'm very sorry to hear that. :cry:

Sand also has the benefit that you can keep catfish, as the sand won't harm their barbels. :D
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