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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-31-2009, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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puffer substrate

hey everybody i've just got a quick puffer related question. so lately i've been thinkin about getting a figure 8 puffer and i know that they're not supposed to go well with aquarium gravel. My question is should i get aquarium sand or crushed coral? i honestly like the look of white sand better.

my problem(s) with sand is that i know that sand will make the water cloudy when i first put it in. how do i minimize that? also if i want to change water using a gravel vac to suck out detritus, how do i make sure i don't suck out a lot of sand. and the final question is can i use other (cheaper) sand beside aquarium sand? (like from home depot)
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-01-2009, 08:30 AM
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Someone here posted a great thread on cleaning and maintaining sand a while back. Maybe if you go under search you will be able to pull it back up.
You can use play sand, but you need to clean it. It is going to make your tank cloudy for a few days. In your tank, dirt settles on top of the sand, you can gently wave the gravel cleaner above the sand and the dirt will flow up the gravel vac.
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