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Old 07-23-2013, 12:47 AM   #1 
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Silica sand?

Hey. I thought about replacing my gravel with sabd because it's prettier and could allow better tank maintenance ( cause you can just collect stuff from the top of it instead of them sinking). Anyway, I bought some in the shop and the seller said that it is quartz sand, not regular sand. It is more grain type than sand, and it also seems a bit sharp. Can it be used in a tank without harming the betta?
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Old 07-23-2013, 02:41 AM   #2 
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Quartz sand is regular sand.

I think switching to sand is a great idea.

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Old 07-23-2013, 11:36 AM   #3 
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Any preparations needes before putting it in?
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:38 AM   #4 
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I don't think we're talking about the same thing, maybe what I have is not silica sand. The seller said it is made of Quartz.

Edit: I don't know why I wrote that, kind of stupid of me :D Someone wrote online that her betta died because of eating sand. Can that happen with Quartz?

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Old 07-23-2013, 12:05 PM   #5 
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Sorry for posting a lot, but I keep thinking of questions! If I change both the substrate and some of the ornaments at once, can it shock my betta? Also, should I check the ornaments (two fake plants) in any way before putting them in?
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No, TONS of people keep their bettas with sand. There are any number of reasons that that fish could have died. I'm quite certain that they did not open the fish up to check for a blockage before attributing the death of a fish to something beyond their control.

Before putting sand in a tank it is a good idea to wash it. If you wash it thoroughly enough then it will not cloud the water. Cloudiness is not the end of the world though, just annoying until it clears.


Most sand is made of quartz, and quartz is silica.


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Old 07-23-2013, 11:25 PM   #7 
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And can I change both the substrate and the ornaments without causing shock? And does this sand come in different sizes and shapes? So what I bought could potentially be bigger, and also sharper to a level that is possibly dangerous?

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