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Old 06-15-2012, 06:04 PM
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Originally Posted by ParallelJJCat View Post
I actually held back on sand for a long time because of the cleaning issue. I actually find it easier though. With the gravel, you have to put the vac down into it because everything filters down between the pieces. If you have live plants it's even more frustrating because you don't want to uproot them. With sand the waste and debris just sits on top, so I just run the vac lightly over the surface. It's probably different if you have a sifter like an elephant nose that might be burying the waste as he goes.
That is true, with sand its easier to suck up the waste but you have to do it more frequently. Also if you have a heavily planted tank the waste also acts as nutrients as it seeps through the gravel, although the occasion vac was still required.
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Old 07-03-2013, 12:00 PM
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Best sand to use i've found is Pool Filter Sand. It's decent sized sand that lacks a lot of the finer bits like play sand that cause the water to cloud up. 50 lbs should do a 55gal easily. Rinse it first before using. Best part is its cheap...$15 or less.

I'm using PFS in a 75 gallon Oscar tank now that has live plants. very natural and you can stir the sand up without clouding the water
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