Best Substrate For Corie, Loaches, And Plants? (low Budget)

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Best substrate?

  1. Black sand

    38.5%
  2. Play sand

    7.7%
  3. Pool filter sand

    23.1%
  4. Smooth rock type gravel (Current Substate)

    30.8%
  1. IcedColdMine

    IcedColdMineWell Known MemberMember

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    Which do you prefer and why? I use smooth rocks for substate right now but I want to switch to sand because it seems coris prefer sand over gravel. If I switch to sand which sand looks the best, easiest to clean, and is fine enough to where cories don't hurt themselves. Thanks!
     
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    I like black blasting sand (Black Diamond if you're in the US) as you can easily see waste and mulm build up on PFS or play sand. Fish seem to be pale on light substrate, too.
     
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    Where did you buy it?

    Since there are no Tractor Supply Co. Near my area where would the closest place I could buy it? I assume home depot has some? And how fine do you have it? I saw 3 different types....
     
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    Hey--I bought from Amazon. This is the exact product:

    Pool Filter Sand #20 Grade Silica Sand - 50 lbs. by Fairmount Minerals
     
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    Does Harbor Freight carry blasting sand?
     
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    I recently changed from a full pea gravel substrate to half sand half pea gravel. I then bought I small school of peppered corries. They spend just as much time on the pea gravel then the sand, if not more. They seem to enjoy poking around inbetween the gravel. They also sift threw the sand. Best of both worlds for them.

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    I bought 50 lbs of pool filter sand at The Home Depot for a few bucks. I did rinse it. I put as much as I needed in a bucket and used the hose with to rinse it a couple times. Worked like a charm.
     
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    This is so pretty! What size is this tank?
     
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    I like the pool filter sand as well. Black is too dark for me, and I like the mix of white/tan sand color in a tank with plants.
     
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    Pool filter sand all the way...quick rinse scoop with a small container it drops to the bottom quickly very slight cloudiness 50# bag for $10 Cory's love it !!!
     

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    And the votes of the Dutch jury go to "PFS"
     
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    20gal long.
     
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    Did you glue the sand?
     
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    Menard's sells black blasting sand too. I use the medium grit - fine is too fine for me.
     
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