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Sand substrate for shellies

Postby Spartanb75 » Sat Mar 18, 2017 3:02 pm

Im looking to use a sand substrate for my shellie set up, I've read about pool filter sand which people say works fine...I've also heard people say its a little fine and floats abit.is the carib sea cichlid sand fine enough for shelldwellers..i just wanna lean toward that product just because u can get it with water conditioner in it wet..also its made specifically for cichlids. Any advice would be great.
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Re: Sand substrate for shellies

Postby Spartanb75 » Sat Mar 18, 2017 4:01 pm

Also is is there a problem with pool filter sand floating and getting into filters
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Re: Sand substrate for shellies

Postby DJRansome » Sat Mar 18, 2017 5:04 pm

Pool filter sand (not play sand) is recommended because it's 20 grain size is big enough not to float around.

I have heard from people that use the substrates that help cycle the tank are not much help at all. Also expensive, and not the ideal 20 grain size either.

A sand that is not fine, like pool filter sand, will not float around thus it cannot get into filters.
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Re: Sand substrate for shellies

Postby Cyphound » Sat Mar 18, 2017 8:04 pm

I use Aragonite seafloor grade in all but one of my 5 tanks. My shellies move it around all the time as do all my fish. So my point is it doesn't have to be very fine sand.
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Re: Sand substrate for shellies

Postby Bart12 » Sat Mar 18, 2017 11:21 pm

I've used play sand in my shellie tanks. I currently have play sand in a community tank too. When I use play sand, I cover the filter intake with foam to keep the sand out.

A nice white play sand is cheap and look great.

CaribSea cichlid sand would certainly work too (or CaribSea aragonite).
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Re: Sand substrate for shellies

Postby Spartanb75 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:00 pm

Well the money thing is no biggie, i want the nicest setups i can get...so im gonna go with the carib sea sahara sand on this tank...#%$& if money was an issue with my aquariums i wouldnt build them..after all it is gonna be a show tank....at least a show tank for me.I've got a 32 gallon biocube with the new led lighting...and its gonna be for shellies..yea i know most people use these for salt water setups but nahhh been there done that...shellies my friends....shellies!!!
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Re: Sand substrate for shellies

Postby miulloj » Wed Apr 12, 2017 12:54 pm

Can anyone out there get me a source for Neolamprologus multifasciatus Male? I have two oveready females waiting for him. :fish:
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Re: Sand substrate for shellies

Postby deeda1 » Wed Apr 12, 2017 2:00 pm

miulloj wrote:Can anyone out there get me a source for Neolamprologus multifasciatus Male? I have two oveready females waiting for him. :fish:


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