Made the Switch to Sand and SO Happy I Did!

Discussion in 'Freshwater Substrates - Gravel, Sand' started by amydeb, Jul 12, 2015.

  1. amydebValued MemberMember

    I had bought my set up used and the previous owner had black gravel with some larger, smooth dark blue gravel in there. I wasn't crazy about it but it was OK. After a couple weeks of indecision whether to put Black Diamond, just plain old sand, or leave it alone, I upped my school of Cory Cats and realized I should just do it.

    I went with pool filter sand thinking that I could always add the black later if I wanted to darken it up some. I spend a good part of my Saturday morning washing sand, got the old stuff out (I used a new, rinsed, dust pan) and added the sand.

    I can't tell you how happy I am that I did this! The tank looks larger and my Tiger Barbs look great against the light bottom. My Cories seem much happier too! I have never seen them out and about as much as I have in the last 24 hours.

    Of course, the down side is that I can easily see the... ehem... "dirt" everyone is leaving but I'll have to get over that for at least a week at a time - until vac/water change day. lol

    There is no question here. :) Just pointing out that even though it took up a good part of my day, it was so very worth it!
  2. lobstahlightsValued MemberMember

    I did the same! I thought I'd prefer bigger substrate but I was SO WRONG haha. Sand is way easy, and if that "dirt" bothers you the fish can usually deal with the 5% water change it takes to vacuum it up every other day.

    Sand is the way to go, I won't go back ~
  3. thinkpink94Valued MemberMember

    Yay! That's awesome! :)

    I agree, I like sand better too. I just cleaned my tank and it was so easy to see where all the dirt, left over food, etc; was. I have a small tank (5 gallons, 1 fish) so there's not usually a lot to clean up. I use a turkey Baster to suck up the yucky stuff. Dirt sits on top making cleaning a breeze!

    Glad you're happy with your decision :)

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  4. CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    The corys will appreciate the sand, it's more natural for them especially when feeding & imo looks nicer than gravel & is easier to clean as the dirt sits on top
  5. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    Good to hear your cories are enjoying the sand :). My cories love my PFS.

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  6. rokshakNew MemberMember

    I switched, too, and like the sand a lot better myself. The kuhli loaches love it and seeing all their "drawings" in the morning makes me smile.

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  7. Maxi1Valued MemberMember

    I love my sand too!

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  8. amydebValued MemberMember

    When I woke up this morning, the entire tank bottom was covered in little divots from the Cories and it made me smile! It's the little things... lol

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