Hi Cher...I made the switch a couple years ago and have had good luck with it. I found it to be easier to care for & any sand I happened to suck up I just rinse with a little treated water and dump back in. But honestly it has never been more than maybe a tablespoon or so from a 29 gallon tank. I have cories and MTS that are constantly sifting/stirring through the sand which I think keeps it from causing any problems. Or during your water change just take a clean chopstick or something like that and stir the sand around a bit. I love the sand but just a personal preference.
That is cool. Always interesting to hear what methods others are using. Thanks!Hi Cher...
Glad it works for you. I keep Corys too and the small polished gravel is easy on their barbels and I never need to use anything other than my water syphon to change out the water. Nothing to stir that might disturb the bottom material and because there's good water circulation through the gravel, I never need to vacuum the bottom. The organic material that collects on the bottom dissolves in the water, so I just remove the water and I remove everything that's dissolved in it.
I'm going to have to disagree. I use sand only for my Cory cats. No problems with cleaning or water chemistry. Even if I dig my siphon in the sand it falls back out just like gravel does, if I think it's not going to fall out on its own I simply close the end of the siphon with my finger and it all falls back out. Sand is my favorite substrate.Hello Ace...
Sand isn't the best bottom material. It's difficult to clean and can become impacted in areas and will create water chemistry problems. The best material is pea-sized polished gravel. It's easily vacuumed and the spaces created in this material allows for water and oxygen to easily flow through it, so there's no risk of voids or areas that get no oxygen. That means there's no problem with the water chemistry. With this type of substrate, the organic material that collects on the bottom soon dissolves because of good water circulation. So, by just removing and replacing most of the water, you continually remove the organic stuff and the tank stays clean. No vacuuming is necessary.
It really depends on water chemistry and what your planning your stock in your tanks. I have some coral sand mixed into my aquariums, and plan in the near future of adding more due to my extremely soft water.
Lol well I guess I should have specified silica sands are inert.It really depends on water chemistry and what your planning your stock in your tanks. I have some coral sand mixed into my aquariums, and plan in the near future of adding more due to my extremely soft water.