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Author Topic: Pets at Home sand - a warning for newbies  (Read 16672 times)

Offline TheSecretRoman

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Re: Pets at Home sand - a warning for newbies
« Reply #30 on: June 26, 2017, 12:56:39 pm »
I've got Pets at Home Pewter sand in my tank and that's got me worried now (I want to add bottom feeders in a months or so). The other tank in my house has a mixture of different substrates but most of it is from pets at home and the majority of their fish are bottom feeders and that seems okay.

I've had some problems with mould forming on my bogwood and I've had to remove it once before, do you think the sand has anything to do with this?
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    Re: Pets at Home sand - a warning for newbies
    « Reply #31 on: June 26, 2017, 01:43:19 pm »
    Is the mould a white slime so to speak? If so its fine and your fish will eat it, the sand wouldn't (or shouldn't!) effect the wood


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    Re: Pets at Home sand - a warning for newbies
    « Reply #32 on: June 26, 2017, 05:31:27 pm »
    Yes that's it! Thank you, that's such a relief :)
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    Re: Pets at Home sand - a warning for newbies
    « Reply #33 on: August 10, 2017, 10:12:21 pm »
    I buy my play sand from Argos, What I will say is, if using sand, only have a couple of inches deep I divide the tank into thirds, one-third sand, and two-thirds gravel for the plants. every time you do a water change or maintenance run your fingers through the sand just to make sure there are no dead spots. Cory's like sterbai love to root around in it. Banjo's love to bury themselves and Yo yo loaches search for snails in it.

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    Re: Pets at Home sand - a warning for newbies
    « Reply #34 on: March 02, 2018, 04:57:56 pm »
    I used some gravel from pets at home and it changed my neutral water from about 7.2 to 8.2, so they aren't joking!
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    Re: Pets at Home sand - a warning for newbies
    « Reply #35 on: August 26, 2019, 07:49:25 pm »
    Hi

    I've just stumbled onto this post and was wondering if anyone had any updated experiences using [email protected] gravel and sand.   I setup my tank a couple of weeks ago using this stuff..   

    My water tests are showing my ph to be between 8 and 8.2 but I just thought this was due to the cycling process of a new tank?!....

    Thanks in advance

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