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Rocksor replied the topic: Would appreciate some advice!

silica sand from lowes or home depot

pool filter sand from a pool supply store

play sand would be at the bottom of my list since it is hard to clean and so light.
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Would appreciate some advice!

I'm not a sand user, had no luck with it. Plenty of people love it, it does look good. Should you choose gravel, and having 2 big Oscars, I would suggest the biggest, coarsest you can find. Its easier to stir and vac, where fine gravel tends to crawl up the python tube and if you are a little slow on the shut off valve, you get instant cloggage. PITA! Your American online sights are dif than my Canadian ones, but for sand I believe you can get at Lowes, Home Depot etc.


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mishka replied the topic: Would appreciate some advice!

Thanks for the suggestions Rocksor

and good call suprd.. I may just stick with the gravel I have now since it is pretty coarse.. I'll be posting pictures of my progress, the more I look at tanks with a painted black background, the more I really am liking it, however I'm afraid if I did that, a few years down the road I will be tired of the black and I would not be able to reverse it. I'll keep you guys updated
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Would appreciate some advice!

Acrylic paint scrapes off very easily, you can use almost any sharp, flat surface. Paint scraper, utility knife blade, even a small putty knife.


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Sosban Fach replied the topic: Would appreciate some advice!

Hello,

Thought I would chime in here. My tank Decour is one of those love or hate it ones I think and breaks all the rules when it comes to advice. Like not putting decour in the center, avoid bright colours. Try to immitate a natural look.

Personally I think the best look for oscars is white sand and driftwood. I think Jnet does it.

That said I think my tank decour works; but im beggining to itch. My local LFS just started stocking some majour drifwood, but my blue T is somewhat unique and I'm reluctant to replace it. I thinking of scrubbing my gravel to make it white.

mishka wrote: @ peeps, I have heard ups and downs about adding bubbles to a tank, I love the way it looks, but it has always been a hassle for me, no clue where to hide the tubing and my air pumps have always been noisy, granted I never bought the most expensive nicest air pumps, but I have also heard it isn't good for the tank to add bubbles, can't remember where I read that.


I have an airator and managed to silence it by putting it in a wooden box lined with cotton and foam. Then I put a weight on the top to reduce vibration in the box itself. Airators not only oxiginate you tank (which in most cases isn't neccasary) but they also help any proteins on the surface to clump up and sink, which then degrade in the normal way.

Any excuse to put up a picture of my tank. Presenting the WTF!.....oh wait look. The photo was taken months ago so the fish are a little bigger Ive upgraded my filter etc. but you get the idea.

The box on the bottom right of the picture with the weight on the top is where I keep my air pump.

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jmunroe replied the topic: Re:Would appreciate some advice!

I went with the off centre driftwood, white sand look. Added some medium sized rocks and some plastic plants as well. Then 3 long stalks of lucky bamboo clumped together and growing out the top on the left and some long house plant vines coming out of my AC 110 on the right. This isn't the best pic, and the clay pot isn't there any more. It was a temp hiding spot for the new oscar.

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mishka replied the topic: Re:Would appreciate some advice!

Acrylic paint scrapes off very easily, you can use almost any sharp, flat surface. Paint scraper, utility knife blade, even a small putty knife.


Thank you, that is good to know

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great set up B)
that is a really great idea for the airator, so I'm assuming having it on the ground isn't a bad thing? I thought those things always had to be a little higher, but if I could put it on the ground that changes everything...

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beautiful tank, I really am diggin the white sand, but man will it be time consuming pickin out the gravel! I have always loved the white sand look with plants, and I think it's really neat how your plants are growing out of the tank :)
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jmunroe replied the topic: Would appreciate some advice!

The gravel isn't that hard to get out. I never remove fish when doing substrate change. I just use a 5inch wide aquarium net and scoop out net fulls of gravel and dump into a bucket. Doesn't usually take long. I took all the black gravel out of my 125 in 10 mins when I changed to sand. Took a loooooottt longer to wash the sand

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Sosban Fach replied the topic: Re:Would appreciate some advice!

mishka wrote:
Thank you, that is good to know

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great set up B)
that is a really great idea for the airator, so I'm assuming having it on the ground isn't a bad thing? I thought those things always had to be a little higher, but if I could put it on the ground that changes everything...

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beautiful tank, I really am diggin the white sand, but man will it be time consuming pickin out the gravel! I have always loved the white sand look with plants, and I think it's really neat how your plants are growing out of the tank :)


When you say on the ground you mean the pump right not the airstone thingy right? Well; yes if you put an airpump on the ground it has to work at a higher preassure an will more likley wear out quicker.

However if you put the check valve higher up (almost level with the water line) It should hold the preassure. Bassically means your putting additional stress on the valve as apposed to the pump itself, which they don't recomend because it is more likley to leak that way. Well thats my reasoning anyway.

The check valve will probably still leak some preassure; so im probably putting some additional load on the pump, but ive had it running like this consatnt for two years now and stilkl quiet with no problems.

I keep it on the floor because its in a large box to keep the noise down. I can't tuck it behind the tank.
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gotcha, I probably won't mess with it then because I'll probably end up stressing myself out than doing any good for the fish lol
Thanks :)

also, I'm assuming we are talking about the acrylic paint that comes in tiny tubes? Or would anyone know if I could get that in a quart? I know they sell some certain acrylic paints in gallons but those can be up to $100 dollars, so surely it isn't the same thing.

This may be a dumb question, but I have 0 experience with sand, how would I go about cleaning it before putting it in the aquarium? The same way I would with gravel?
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