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Sand for a small colony


LunarValkyrie

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Hey folks! It's been a while since I posted anything. But I keep reading that I can use pool sand for a couple of the species of shrimp I want to start up....so my question is....

 

Can I use regular aquarium sand???  I want some Black Rose neo's and I know some shrimp prefer a darker substrate to look their best. Pool sand is all white, so will it wash them out? I was thinking of maybe using Deep Blue sand so they would pop and yet maybe feel like they have a dark background. My tanks are all painted on the back with a nice deep blue color and it looks like nice with live plants on the blue sand. 

 

Thanks for any advice. 

 

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I know most breeders and importers ibe seen keep them on pool filter sand so there must not be a great deal of color washing. I actually set up a tank with pool filter for some black rose that will be here in a couple weeks!

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congratz! I hope to do the same except with blue sand. I set up a tank today with filter media from another tank and live plants with some lava rock. I am waiting on remineralizer to come in. I used Distilled water. I hope to get it going quick. 

 

What is a great snail? I used Trumpet snails last time I was doing this and they will probly find their way into this tank to sift sand, but I would like to get some that I can see and to keep up the bio load going. So what do you use??

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Pool filter sand is really just used because it is super cheap if you're setting up a ton of tanks. I've used normal black aquarium sand with black neo's and it worked fine. Substrate doesn't really matter, people even do bare bottoms. Go for it!

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I use the mystery snails i get at the lfs. As well as one or two assassins in case of pests. I actually use a platy or two to build up the bio load for a month or so then put them back in the community lol.

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