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bristlenose + playsand = ?

Wed Apr 23, 2008 2:58 am

hey guys, im setting up another shelly tank for more multi's :D
and attemping my 1st tank with sand substrate, just wondering if i can add bristlenoses to eat extra algae/uneaten food?

any other ideas? would snails be a better choice?


Wed Apr 23, 2008 7:27 am

BNs will be fine

Wed Apr 23, 2008 8:03 am

I have a bristlenose with pool filter sand and it does well.

Wed Apr 23, 2008 4:39 pm

yeah, I've had mine in tanks with fine argonite sand, but never playsand...
i just thought when they lay on the bottom, it'd be hard to breathe without constantly having playsand drawn past their gills...
i just thought it would aggitate them.

anyone successfully used bristlenoses with playsand?

Thu Apr 24, 2008 1:20 am

Why not use a slightly larger grade of sand? Playsand is usually rather fine-grained stuff, harder to siphon w/out sucking it all up than larger grades.

Thu Apr 24, 2008 9:02 pm

the only stuff i can get in my area is playsand, bricky's sand and crushed argonite...
playsand is tiny, bricky's loam sand is too dirty and sharp edged, crushed argonite is like 1mm-2mm... pretty large for little shelly's.
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