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Old 10-30-2012, 08:05 PM   #1 
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Which sand should I get?

I tried regular black Petco sand but it raised my ph to over 9 and I lost all my fish. I took it back to the store and they gave me my money back through a gift card so I could by different sand. Which Petco sand should I get? Here are the 2 that I have been considering.
http://www.petco.com/product/111998/...avelSubstrates
http://www.petco.com/product/112366/...avelSubstrates
Which one of these is better for a planted tank? I need something that is for sure not going to affect the ph.
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:07 PM   #2 
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well the first one says it will NOT increase pH while the second doesnt say anything. so i dunno. i would make sure whatever u get doesnt increase pH
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well the first one says it will NOT increase pH
I can't find where it says that, but I'm sure it does. If this is the case, then I will go with the 1st one. Has anyone ever used these sands before?
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Old 10-30-2012, 09:13 PM   #4 
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today, i just switched my sand to "super naturals moonlight sand' for the first time. I LOVE IT> ITS GORGEOUS! I barely had to clean it, and but it did drop my ph about 0.2 degrees. My betta loves it too, and i might even get some cories!!!


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Old 10-30-2012, 09:37 PM   #5 
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today, i just switched my sand to "super naturals moonlight sand' for the first time. I LOVE IT> ITS GORGEOUS! I barely had to clean it, and but it did drop my ph about 0.2 degrees. My betta loves it too, and i might even get some cories!!!
Where did you get the sand? I can only get sand from Petco, because that's where the gift card is. It's good that it dropped the ph though because my tap ph is at 7.5 which is still kind of high. Cories are really fun, so I'm getting them for my 20 gallon too.
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Old 10-30-2012, 10:03 PM   #6 
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Tractor Supply sells black sand, a 50lb for $8. I use it in all of my tanks. Home depot sells 50lb bags of pool filter sand for $5. Here is a combination of both in one of my aquascaped tanks.



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Old 10-30-2012, 10:27 PM   #7 
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Tractor Supply sells black sand, a 50lb for $8. I use it in all of my tanks. Home depot sells 50lb bags of pool filter sand for $5. Here is a combination of both in one of my aquascaped tanks.




I LOVE your set up! It's so pretty and tranquil :3
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Old 10-30-2012, 11:34 PM   #8 
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I love your tanks too! The decorating and substrate mixes are great. I never thought about mixing sands before, but that looks really cool.
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The little.birchir.is.cute too :3
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Old 10-31-2012, 08:33 AM   #10 
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I love your tanks too! The decorating and substrate mixes are great. I never thought about mixing sands before, but that looks really cool.
leopard, i got the sand from petsmart, but i am pretty sure petco carries it.
It is SUPER FINE and feels like flour when dry, beach sand when wet. Believe it or not, it barely clouded my water, there is a white and black version and i have the white version.

also, my ph is 7.8 with moderately hard water with high akalinity, do you think the cories should adapt? they are raised in the same water as mine at the lFS i am pretty sure....good luck!
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