types of substrate

  1. slashgash

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    I recently took the gravel out of all of my tanks, it did nothing but trap waste no matter how much i vacuumed it. So, my question is, what other types of substrate can I use? I just ordered some Red Cherry Shrimp so im hoping to get some type of new substrate before they arrive.
     


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    slashgash Member Member

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    black sand? where do you get that? lol
     
  4. I keep fish

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    Petco! :D
     
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    That would be why Ive never seen it, I dont go to petco. lol but I think i shall make a trip there for some black sand.
     
  6. Akari_32

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    Yeppers, got it at PetCo! $5 for a 5 pound bag. Not too bad :). The also sell bigger bags now. All I know is that they are $16, I forget the size.
     
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    20 lb. bag, $16
     
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    Black sand is fantastic! I love it because all the fish and plants really stand out, other types of sand are nice too, much easier to clean than gravel. :)
     


  11. Akari_32

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    Yeah, that! :p


    Also, don't forget the MTS! I bet the LFS would give you some for free if they some how ended up with them :)
     
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    OKay :) Im definately gonna pick up some black sand :)
     
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    Does it have to be the sand from petco? If I were to go to walmart and get black sand used for making sand art, would it harm the fish?
     
  14. Jaysee

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    I wouldn't use art sand, but that doesn't mean it won't work.

    Not too bad if you have a 5 or 10 gallon tank :) but $1/LB is VERY expensive for a large tank, and the TMS is often $20-25 for a 20 lb bag.

    I just got a 50 lb bag of pool filter sand for $8, for comparative purposes.
     
  15. ivonko

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    wait have you actually used the black diamond media as sand? how did that turn out? any adverse effects on the fish?
     
  16. Jaysee

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    Not black diamond carbon. Blasting sand. I've heard mixed things about blasting sand, and have no experience with it.
     
  17. I keep fish

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    Ive Personally Used blasting Sand big mistake its not worth it.Your going to pay more in water than its worth you mise well go to ptco and get a bag of black sand.The stuff is dirty very rough not good for bottom dwellers.It also has a nasty affect on the water.I dont recommend it but others may.
     
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    I went out and got black sand from petco today and my tanks look great! Thank you all for your help! I should be getting my shrimp tomorrow, so im excited.
     
  19. Akari_32

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    Awesome! Glad you like it :)
     
  20. Jaysee

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    I would definitely get a black background, and I would attach it with a product called seaview. There are other methods that use the same principle. If you want the real deep black that will make the colors pop, you have to use more than just tape. And depending on the tank placement, you can do one of the sides too - looks sharp on a tank in a corner.

    Not sure if you can see the difference....
     

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