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Sand: Is it easy to maintain?

11 years 4 months ago #28948 by kvnfng
Thanks fredfish13!!! 

Now, I am back on track; appreciate it.  Hopefully in about two months I can share my cichlid's new home with all of you.



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11 years 4 months ago #28946 by fredfish13
if you live near chicago, try halogen supply.  it is on lawrence avenue, nw side of city.  they are a swimming pool supply store.  i got a bag a few months ago.  color is off-white and about $11 or $12 a bag. 
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11 years 4 months ago #28945 by kvnfng
Hello Again-

I need some help finding some white PFS, does anyone know where?

I went to Leslie Pools and they only carry the tan color kind and then went to FIM and apparently its a seasonal item.  

I did find it online and (oh my!!!) it's 11.95 for a 50lb bag, but then you have add 38.50 shipping and handling.

Thanks.
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11 years 4 months ago #28920 by nuth88

I also respect Knutson's (nuth88) opinion, but he is a lazy old cuss, and you must take his opinion with a grain of sand.


Dude - I am Guilty!

Yet, said the Dude who I was talking (Distracted) to, while the Barred Midas almost took off my thumb...Ill agree with the others, it's a nice look, maybe if I had more patience, and gave it more of a try, I would have kept it, none the less, after getting used to it, you will enjoy the look. I enjoy the gravel with the bruisers I have, they like to "Tankscape" (Jaguar, Grammode, Freddies, and A.saggitae) their own spots...

The only thing I would say is, Old World = Sand (Shellies), New World, I prefer Gravel.

Pics are a must when you get it in.

Nuthman~

"I guess that's the way the whole durned human comedy keeps perpetuatin' itself."

(The Stranger - 6/1998)
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11 years 4 months ago #28918 by kvnfng
Thank you everyone for your feedback.  I am definitely going to try out the white pool sand.

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11 years 4 months ago #28916 by duanest
I also respect Knutson's (nuth88) opinion, but he is a lazy old cuss, and you must take his opinion with a grain of sand. I must admit however,  that his tanks always look better than mine. Mine can be a bit turbid when the cichlids start stirring the crapp up.
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11 years 4 months ago #28913 by nuth88
Ill give you a different perspective, I used the 3M T Grade, and hated it, never felt like it got clean enough (Maybe because it is more coarse) and went back to gravel for ease of cleanup. (plus it was in 31" deep tanks, 220 and 60 Hex) I vac'ed every two weeks with it, and did WC's every week, maybe more, but still, liked the ability to flush and clean the gravel better.

The 2 opinions above me I respect their opinion highly, and it becomes a matter of how much time you have. I found less and less time, so really,it looks better then gravel, but consider your maintenance sched. If your like me and do weekly or less, stay with gravel.

My .02 cents...

Nuthman-

;D

"I guess that's the way the whole durned human comedy keeps perpetuatin' itself."

(The Stranger - 6/1998)
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11 years 4 months ago #28912 by whetfish
I use pool filter sand as well.  Detritus sits on top, you just need to get used to holding the syphon hose an inch or so above the sand.  Detritus get sucked up, sand stays put...then every once and a while I'll stir the sand and let the detritus settle before cleaning.

I've heard that sand at HD is little dustier than pool filter sand...either way make sure you rinse the sand.  It's not any harder to maintain than gravel, but it is different.  It may seem like more work at first but it'll get easier and more routine.

Not checked for facts.
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11 years 4 months ago #28910 by duanest
I use sand in almost all my tanks, but it is pool filter sand, and is a bit heavier than most.  Detritus "mostly" sits on top of it and is easily vacumed off without digging too deeply into it.  Can't speak to HD variety.
Food sits on top as opposed to falling in between.
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11 years 4 months ago #28908 by kvnfng
Hello All-

I am starting a new cichlid tank and have never used sand before, is it easy to clean?  I am use to gravel where I can just use the gravel siphon to clean it.  Lastly, I was thinking of HomeDepot's white sand; good choice?

Thanks.
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