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Old 10-01-2012, 04:03 PM   #1 
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Sand- Gas Bubbles?

I'm having a sorority soon. :)
But I want Bronze or Albino Cory Catfish so I'm going to need sand... I heard about gas bubbles forming in sand which is toxic to fish, how do I prevent this from happening? I also have other questions about sand..
- What brand of sand do you recommend?
- How do I clean it when I first get it out of the bag?
- And will a gravel vacuum work to clean it out? I don't want clogs.

Any suggestions or advice will be appreciated.
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:12 PM   #2 
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Do water changes gravel backs can not be too close to the sand. If you can find gravel soft enough you can use it. Cories stir sand up so that helps both my tanks use gravel.
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:14 PM   #3 
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i could be wrong but as long as you dont make your sand substrate too deep you shouldnt have a problem, and having the cories in there moving the sand will not let that bad gas build. not 100% sure but i think i saw that info some where. if you had deep sand and no fish or anything that would "turn over" the sand thats how the bad gas accumulates.
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:18 PM   #4 
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OK, thank you both. :) I really want to use sand so any idea on how to clean it first? Some people said that it can take hours or at least until it's not cloudy.
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:19 PM   #5 
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Cories help it takes a bit for the gas to form a healthy Cory has barbels that move the sand and let oxygen in. I keep 3 albino cories. I would reccomend albino cories look great they are practically blind.
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:22 PM   #6 
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Oh yeah. Most albino things are blind. :\
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:24 PM   #7 
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once a week poke the substrate with chopsticks, it will "burp"
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:25 PM   #8 
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i had sand and i rinsed it as best as i could and it still made the tank cloudy so we did some water changes and that helped clear it out and after that time settled in the sand and i had a aquaclear filter on it that helped. the cloudiness isnt that bad really. it wont hurt the fish, it is just not nice to look at.
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:27 PM   #9 
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Um, OK. :]

I'll clean it out as much as I can, what brand is it?
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Old 10-01-2012, 04:29 PM   #10 
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mine was caribsea sand so it was kind of the larger grain of sand and it still was a mess. once it settles though it stays nice. as long as your careful with your water changes it wont kick it back up too bad.
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