20 Gallon Tank Black diamond blasting sand and ADFs

je0409

So, I'm new to fishkeeping and am planning on stocking my 20 gallon with a male betta, some snails, and some ADFs. The tank has been running for a little while to cycle. Right now I have 30/60 and 40/80 grit black diamond blasting sand over some gravel. I thought this would be best for the african dwarf frogs I was planning to get, but now my water has been cloudy for the past three days. I'm beginning to think it won't ever settle down. It's so fine that when I try to move anything or do anything towards the bottom of the tank I end kicking up so much sand that just floats up like dust. I was wondering if anyone has any experience with ADFs on 20/40 BDBS? I really wanna use it because I like the look and it's very cheap but I worry that it will be too coarse for the sensitive froggies. Thanks in advance!!
 

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Spudsssy

Did you rinse the sand and gravel before adding it to the tank?
 
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aquachris

Mine are in 20/40 without an issue. Trick to BDBS is definitely the rinsing and cleaning beforehand, as there are small particles that need to get out.

I did setup once where I didnt rinse enough (was washing/cleaning inside in the tub instead of outside as it was winter) and I just ran it through a standard HOB type filter with polyfil until it cleared up.
 
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je0409

Did you rinse the sand and gravel before adding it to the tank?
I did rinse it but I think the fine is just SO fine. even touching it dry, it just feels like dust/dirt. You can't even see individual particles
 
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aquachris

the 20/40 grit is the preferred for that reason
 
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je0409

Mine are in 20/40 without an issue. Trick to BDBS is definitely the rinsing and cleaning beforehand, as there are small particles that need to get out.

I did setup once where I didnt rinse enough (was washing/cleaning inside in the tub instead of outside as it was winter) and I just ran it through a standard HOB type filter with polyfil until it cleared up.
You have ADFs on the 20/40? or smth else? Sorry I'm a little slow and can't fully understand what you mean lol
 
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aquachris

You have ADFs on the 20/40? or smth else? Sorry I'm a little slow and can't fully understand what you mean lol
Yes I have them in with the 20/40 grit
 
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