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knighthunter
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PostPosted: 2004.11.10(Wed)23:25    Post subject: Aquarium Bedding Reply with quote

This might come off as an odd question as I should know this but don't recall ever actually seeing it. Most pet/fish stores sell different forms of bedding, from rock to live rock to crushed coral but I have never seen sand sold in a store. I was looking over some of the pictures here and noticed some aquariums that looked like they had used sand and thought why not. Most rivers have a sand or dirt bed not gravel.

Has anyone ever used sand, if so did you use an undergravel filtration system and last if you did, how much luck did you have with this setup??
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knighthunter
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PostPosted: 2004.11.10(Wed)23:32    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, guess I should have thought out my posting a little more before posting it...

I guess I would think sand would be to fine to be used, at least used with a undergravel filtations system....

Any opinions would be nice...thanks
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PostPosted: 2004.11.11(Thu)0:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use sand in 2 of my tanks. I use hang on filters in both because sand will NOT work in UGF tanks. If you are doing freshwater fishes that like low pH then get the supernatural brand sand (it does NOT raise or alter pH) but if you are doing high pH cichlids or marine, use the argonite sand or cichlid sand which buffers the pH to a high amount. Sand looks cool and in't too hard to keep up with.

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knighthunter
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PostPosted: 2004.11.11(Thu)1:06    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you.......I would love to have sand in my tanks.....

but small question, what is a hang on filter????

I'm going to do a search on the web for it so might find it but still please let me know in case I don't find it.
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knighthunter
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PostPosted: 2004.11.11(Thu)1:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

OMG, never mind.......

I've never heard them called "Hang on Filters" I'm used to calling them power filters....I already have that.......LOL

doesn't the waste build up on the sand pretty bad though??
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Huntress
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PostPosted: 2004.11.11(Thu)11:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

You will need to vaccum the surface of the sand more often to keep it clean, but for some species of fish who com from sandy bottomed areas it's definitely worth the extra work.
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