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Old 04-19-2012, 12:32 AM   #11 
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Haha I wanted sand but didnt want 50 pounds.. but a smal bag od aquarium sand was lie 25 bucks and the 55 pound bag of play sand was only 7 so meh haha maybe I can get more tanks in the future ;)
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Old 04-19-2012, 12:51 AM   #12 
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You know it is cheaper in the long run in tanks 5 gallons plus to get play sand or pool filter sand and just toss the remaining sand... Just a thought.

Play sand is great, just with sand poke it and move it a bit to prevent dead spots.
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Old 04-19-2012, 01:09 AM   #13 
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Hummm, I'll have to stop at Lowe's to check it out.

I kinda don't want beachy looking sand so I hope what they have is more like what Cinderwolf found.
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Old 04-19-2012, 03:54 AM   #14 
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Yeah I was sooo happy with mine it looks nice. I wanted black sand so this was close enough haha
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Old 04-19-2012, 04:59 AM   #15 
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Great advice. Okay guys, I was cleaning out some freebee tanks I got recently and had no idea I had so much crap. I may have more room for the sand anyhow! I have an empty 2.5 gallon, 3 empty ten gallons, and an empty 29 gallon! Geez its amazing how this crap accumulates. I also counted my filters... yes I had to count them... I have nine. A 1-3 gallon, five ten gallon and three 30 gallon filters. And three heaters. One is a ten gallon submersible, another that is a 200 watt adjustable and the third is an adjustable but I have no idea of the wattage. Oh my gosh it's so easy to collect this crap!
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:31 PM   #16 
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Okay I got the sand set up in the ten. I have let it sit for two days with no filter. What do you all recommend for water changes to clear it up the rest of the way?
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:35 PM   #17 
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Shirley, you ought to see the collection of filters, heaters, airline tubes, plastic plants, bubblers, containers, and filter cartridges that I have managed to collect in just under a year in the hobby. Even I'm horrified at it. It fills 3 cabinets. o.O

And I used Quikrete sand in my tanks. Works very nicely. You can toss the rest or drive around until you find a park with a sandbox, haha.

And water changes. 25-50%, whatever works for you. The bigger the water change, the faster it clears. Tip: when you fill it back up, place a ziplock plastic bag flat on the surface of the water and pour the water on top of that. This way, you don't displace a lot of sand on the bottom and create another huge cloud.
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:38 PM   #18 
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Haha, that's funny. I actually used an empty ten that I am not planning on using and dumped it all in there. If I like this sand thing I may end up doing my others like that. all except my little dwarf frog. Spoiled thing got a tank on his own. Anyhoo, yea I was really shocked at what a year in could bring. So many things given to me though. I was fortunate for that. The rest is the "I may need that some day" type of save. haha.
Thanks for the water change instructions. I am going to start that tomorrow. It isn't to bad cloudy though. Just a little with a dust film on top.
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Old 04-22-2012, 10:42 PM   #19 
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I had such a hard time finding the right filter for the 20g in my room, since I have to sleep in there. That's partly how I accumulated so many filters. And even now, I'm contemplating trying yet another brand. >.<
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Old 04-22-2012, 11:00 PM   #20 
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I got Petco sand. Im not a fan of natural looking tanks, so I got royal blue sand in my 10 gallon and a more beach looking color for Sluggles 5 gallon. he has a tiki hut for his house so I figured I'd do with the beach look. he also has a giant blue leafy silk plant for color - it almost looks like a blue lei floating in there.

If I ever get my 20 gallon long set up again, I may go with play sand simply because of price.

sakura - have you tried an aqueon quiet flow one yet? all i hear is a quiet hum. I stuck a bunch of filter foam in the outflow so i dont even hear the water falling.
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