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Re: Sand spam



The stuff sold in shops as "marine sand" is a royal pain in the backside, it
floats, it's simply awful for ages before it settles. The one type sold by
Estes that I have in one tank is exactly like pool filter sand, the
difference is I paid 5.00 for 5 pounds of Estes "beach Sand"(since
discontinued) and 5.00 for 50 lbs of pool filter sand<G>

Karen
----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Thomas" <steve at nixhosting_com>
To: <killietalk at aka_org>
Sent: Thursday, January 02, 2003 2:19 AM
Subject: Re: Sand spam


> Exactly why I'm converting all my tanks from bare bottoms to sand. I wish
to
> provide my fish with a natural enviroment. That's why I need something
that
> settles fast. These tanks are already full of fish. I can't have them
living
> in cloudy water for days. I don't want them to die. I had a problem with
> peat moss and that whole tank of fish died. So now I'm very careful with
> what I put in.
>
> What sand settles instantly and causes no cloudyness? I guess if I have to
I
> will buy sand from a pet store but it will cost a ton. I also am getting
> into dwarf cichlids. I just got 10 different species the other day. I want
> to put sand in with them.
>
> I have fresh water beaches around here will that sand work? Although I
think
> that sand is all trucked in from salt water beaches. Most fresh water
> natural beaches are rocky.
>
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Chris Browning" <fisher25000 at yahoo_com>
> To: <killietalk at aka_org>
> Sent: Thursday, January 02, 2003 2:09 AM
> Subject: Re: Sand spam
>
>
> >
> > Have you ever seen a tank with sand in it? IMHO, sand is far, far more
> beautiful than any gravel ever will be, especially black sand(pure white
> gets dirty too easily). I'm in the process of converting almost all my
tanks
> to sand substrates(or atleast a mixture of sand and gravel) and I love the
> looks of all my tanks with sand. Also, if fish lays eggs in gravel, you
> can't harvest the eggs, and they are far more likely to lay eggs in sand
> than gravel(correct, yes?). Sand has many advantages over gravel from what
> I've learned. It can be vaccuumed out for cleaning, food sits ontop of it
so
> the fish don't loose it in the crack, it can easily fill in spaces around
> caves and plants, and it is much less abrasive on fishes undersides. I am
> sure there are other advantages(disadvantages too, but I believe the
> advantages outweigh the disadvantages), but these are the main ones I have
> noticed.
> >
> >  unclescott <unclescott at prodigy_net> wrote:> With this sandblasting sand
> still require time to settle? I need something
> > that goes right to the bottom.
> >
> > How about gravel? ;)
> > .....
> >
> > --- Steve Thomas wrote:
> > > Where can I get this sand? All the pool places
> > > around here are closed for
> > > the winter.
> >
> > > You can find it as sandblasting sand at Lowe's.
> >
> > Awww. I was going to suggest the night shift dodging junkyard dogs.
> > .................
> >
> > Obligatory straight stuff:
> > The gravel about the size of your little finger is especially useful for
> > hiding eggs if you are going to pull your breeders and let fry hatch
out.
> >
> > All the best!
> >
> > Scott
> >
> >
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