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Old 05-21-2009, 06:02 AM   #1 
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Can I use sand instead of gravel?

I know sand is frequently used in saltwater setups and occasionally in freshwater setups as well. How would using sand in a betta tank work out? It will be a 20 gallon long divided tank.
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Old 05-21-2009, 06:37 AM   #2 
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Yes, you can use sand. I think you can use play sand from Lowes or Home Depot. It needs to be rinsed really well before using though.
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Old 05-21-2009, 08:46 AM   #3 
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Also note that you need to stir up sand to prevent gas pockets from forming. MTS will keep your sand stirred if you get some. Also i heard that sand is bad for plants if you plan on getting some since it packs down and prevents water from running over their roots.
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Old 05-21-2009, 09:15 AM   #4 
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I have sand substrate in all my tanks and all my tanks are planted. I haven't found that sand inhibits the growth of my plants, in fact, quite the opposite. As Sincrisis points out, in order to keep anaerobic gas pockets from forming a gentle stirring of the sand at water change time prevents this.
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Old 05-21-2009, 05:54 PM   #5 
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I have sand in 2 of my tanks and really love the look of it. Just a quick tip...make sure your filter intake tube is a few inches above the sand so none gets into the filter. Also, turn off your filter when you do water changes /sand stirring for the same reason.
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Old 05-21-2009, 06:01 PM   #6 
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And make sure you dont get some of the sands at the pet store, some will raise the ph and such.
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Old 05-21-2009, 06:11 PM   #7 
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I have a sand tank and its planted, Kimmie is right, In less then 2 weeks ive gotten ALOT of new growth from the plants I got, the tank they came out of was gravel and soil, the seller remarked on how quickly the plants have grabbed ahold of the tank and started really branching out.


I use very fine sand I dont use granule sands.
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Old 05-21-2009, 08:41 PM   #8 
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Oh, i guess what i heard about sand packing down and choking some roots was wrong. Hmm, that said, i should also try sand in a planted tank too...
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Old 05-21-2009, 10:15 PM   #9 
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Try it, you'll like it. Plants love it and I think the fish prefer it too. I doubt I'd ever consider anything but sand, I like it that much. As jeaninel pointed out...turn off the filter at w/c time and place that filter intake tube at least a few inches up off the sand. Muy importante!
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Old 05-22-2009, 11:14 AM   #10 
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Thanks everyone! Im going to get some sand so I can get my tank setup today!
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