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Old 06-03-2011, 05:34 PM   #1 
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Cool Sand Vs. Gravel

Right now I have the neon green gravel for my 10gal. I'm thinking about switching to sand, but I'm not sure how well that cleans. Could anyone tell me about it?
I have a gravel cleaner now. I know nothing about sand, except that it looks beautiful.
It's that or have mostly all black gravel w/ a bit of yellow (Colonel Mustard's yellow)
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Old 06-03-2011, 06:00 PM   #2 
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Well, be prepared to do a lot of work in preparation and cleaning of the sand and the hassle of removing all the deco, gravel and fish before adding the sand. It's also somewhat difficult to clean, because you can't exactly stick a vacuum in the sand or the sand will get sucked up.

My advice is to do a google search on how to clean sand and read about it from several sources on how to clean it and the types of sand that are available to use.

It was definitely worth it to me to switch from gravel to sand and I love how it looks.
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Old 06-03-2011, 06:10 PM   #3 
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How're you cleaning yours?

Your tank is lovely (:
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Old 06-03-2011, 06:31 PM   #4 
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I find that with sand, the gravel vac just doesnt suck up the poop so I have to maneuver with my fingers to pick it up. It looks great though. Except when the fish poops :/
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:25 AM   #5 
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Is there a fishy pooper scooper? X)
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:37 AM   #6 
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I've got some pool filter sand in my 10 gallon and I rather like it. it's a bigger grain, so it doesn't get sucked up as much as some of the finer stuff. I managed to accidentally try a couple of times as well, lol, most of it just kind of hovered near the bottom of the tube
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Old 06-04-2011, 09:50 AM   #7 
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I have sand in mine and to much work for what its worth. In my opinion its impossible to suck up poop without taking the sand with it.
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Old 06-04-2011, 10:47 AM   #8 
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The trick to getting the poop is to swirl the vacuum in a small circle and more likely than not it'll lift whatever you're trying to clean out.
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Old 06-04-2011, 12:24 PM   #9 
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I vote for Gravel it is your best bet for cleaning!!
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Old 06-05-2011, 09:25 AM   #10 
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Sand is very pretty though...

Doesn't gravel hurt a cory's tummy area?
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