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Harpo
10-28-2011, 12:02 AM
Hi Everyone!

Just wondering what kind of substrate you would recommend and why. I am thinking of using white fine sand as it's easy to spot detritus on but was also thinking about black as I have never used.

This will be for a NANO FOWLR.

Thanks in advance for your opinions! :biggrin:

Hustler
10-28-2011, 12:05 AM
Im watching... Im looking for sand for mine aswell

68shelby
10-28-2011, 12:08 AM
I have a fine white sand in my tank, I would never again use it, it gets stirred up by everything. I would use a pebble type rock or even rubble but never fine sand again, my personal opinion.

outacontrol
10-28-2011, 12:18 AM
I really like the CaribSea Aragonite - Seaflor Special Grade Reef Sand
It is fine enough that it looks mostly like sand, and course enough that it doesn't stir up too easy

reefwars
10-28-2011, 12:21 AM
guess it would depend on what you like or plan to keep...some sandsifting fish dont like large substrate and some corals/anemones like fine sand.

some do without all together;)

lee9
10-28-2011, 12:32 AM
I have a fine white sand in my tank, I would never again use it, it gets stirred up by everything. I would use a pebble type rock or even rubble but never fine sand again, my personal opinion.

+1

I used the the Aragonite sugar-sized sand as well and wouldn't use it again either. It get's stirred up too easily by fish, powerheads, etc. I will go coarser next time.

I find it kind of a nuisance to clean too. You always suck some out with the detritus. I supposed I could filter it out of the used water, clean it and put it back in my tank but that would probably make a mess too.

SeaHorse_Fanatic
10-28-2011, 03:24 AM
Never used sugar-fine because of the cloudy water issue. I use the med. grade aragonite sand. Wash it out thoroughly then turn off the pumps & pour it in and spread it out. Not a problem.

Myka
10-28-2011, 03:28 AM
Fine sand (Oolite, sugar) is a pain in the butt...it blows around too easily. I like Caribsea Select or Special. I also don't like much sand, no more than an inch...all it does is trap detritus anyway (for the most part in most setups). I personally don't like black sand...although in some nanos it looks kinda cool

StirCrazy
10-28-2011, 03:43 AM
I like that clear silica sand...


Steve

Harpo
11-03-2011, 02:16 AM
Thank you all for your comments! Great to know! :biggrin:

fishytime
11-03-2011, 02:51 AM
I really like the CaribSea Aragonite - Seaflor Special Grade Reef Sand
It is fine enough that it looks mostly like sand, and course enough that it doesn't stir up too easy

+1:biggrin: