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geoff
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PostSubject: Gravel or sand   Tue Jan 04, 2011 3:59 pm

what is best for bristlenose i have gravel in at the mo but want to over to sand would this be ok
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PostSubject: Re: Gravel or sand   Tue Jan 04, 2011 5:48 pm

Hey!
I have one tank with sand and one with gravel and they are fine in both!
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PostSubject: Re: Gravel or sand   Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:31 pm

And then i come along with a bare bottom tank Laughing
Feed them plenty keep the temp/water right and i don't think it matters whats on the floor.
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PostSubject: Re: Gravel or sand   Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:13 pm

hi tiffanyjane thanx. that helps a lot
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PostSubject: Re: Gravel or sand   Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:18 pm

hi tilkifox that is good i can take gravel out later and put sand in ready for discus.
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PostSubject: Re: Gravel or sand   Wed Jan 05, 2011 3:34 pm

I do find that mine like to dig in the sand Very Happy
Need to make sure that all your wood etc is very firm though as they like to dig under stuff... could make your stuff unstable and it could fall on them...
Very funny to watch them digging though!
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PostSubject: Re: Gravel or sand   Wed Jan 05, 2011 7:40 pm

hi tilkifox. thanx for that will put it in first the wood that is then sand in
regards Geoff. Smile
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PostSubject: sand substrate with catfish....   Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:54 am

mine always prefer fuine gravel or sand, though i keep bumblebee catfish too and apple snails and they like digging...lol..
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PostSubject: Re: Gravel or sand   Thu Jan 06, 2011 3:50 pm

Hi Wolverine.woops sorry re thankyou button.
and advice is great. BIDKA forum. is a little differant.
regads geoff. Very Happy
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PostSubject: gravel or sand substrate............   Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:46 pm

geoff wrote:
Hi Wolverine.woops sorry re thankyou button.
and advice is great. BIDKA forum. is a little differant.
regads geoff. Very Happy

Geoff very short of time right now, though think I and doug have answered this lots on here so may be worthwhile trying to search the topic and post with the seartch tab above,
though we all have our favourite substrate mine is swimming pool fine filter sand when I can get it....

I currently have 3 tanks (down sized from 6) and two tanks have fine washed gravel sand in black colour, and my third as washed play sand.

I must repeat... whenever I buy any sand or gravel i spend up to 2 hours washing it further before adding it to a new tank.
This is just to get any larger bits out or any thing else that could have been mixed in by mistake.

I usually do this out side with a hosepipe, larger ruler (to stir the sand up), and about 5 inches of sand / gravel in a big black bucket.

Just keep adding water till bucket over flows and any large bits will float over the top of the bucket lip....

Some white buckets have chemicals added to them to make them white, so I always go for the large black buckets what are on sale at a well known food store..

good luck

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PostSubject: Re: Gravel or sand   Fri Jan 07, 2011 6:58 pm

Good one Wolverine...
I didnt know about the different types of sand you could use so, to be honest, I used sand from pets at home Very Happy
Gave it a really good wash in my kitchen sink in a large clear pyrex bowl with a bit of sand in the bottom and tipping out the 'muck' as I washed it...
Took ages even though it was only enough for a 2 ft tank but well worth it Very Happy
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