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Old 08-09-2013, 12:24 PM   #41 
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Sand keeps a tank cleaner I think. Poo and food can not get down in side it as easy.

I like plants substrate or sand I will never use the big gravle rocks again yuck.

For a tank with no plants sand all the way. Planted tanks use a plant substrate.
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Old 08-11-2013, 07:04 PM   #42 
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Now I want to change all my tanks to sand! >:( what a waste of money in gravel. I just wish I had an easier way to clean it, I am using a turkey baster to pick up poops, but there are so many tiny ones, I guess from the cories, and its hard to suck them up without taking a bunch of sand with it.
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Old 08-16-2013, 06:13 PM   #43 
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Originally Posted by kalliburr View Post
I've never used sand before, so maybe this is a stupid question, but how do you clean it properly once it's in your tank? Do you even need to? I intend to use MTS to burrow in the sand and help move it around and whatnot, but do I need to do anything else? I had gravel in my old goldfish tank, and that thing got so dirty all the time (because biOrbs are kinda crap) that I just dumped everything, rinsed it all off, and put everything back in with fresh water.
Ideally the snails and bb and plants will do the vast majority of the cleaning. I siphon near the sand during my rare water changes, but otherwise I let nature do its thing. In a well-balanced tank the eco-system is as closed as possible without intervention. Granted, I have natural dirt under a sand cap and a crazy amount of plants, I definitely had to work up to this point.

Sorry for taking forever to respond, I just bought a new house and I've been super busy.

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