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This is a discussion on Whats the best sand to get??? :-) pls reply within the Axolotl tank set-ups, filters, substrate forums, part of the Axolotls (Ambystoma mexicanum) category; whats the best sand to get and which one settles pretty quickly? pls help thanks...

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Old 22nd April 2006   #1 (permalink)
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whats the best sand to get and which one settles pretty quickly?

pls help

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Old 22nd April 2006   #2 (permalink)
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anyone??



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Old 23rd April 2006   #3 (permalink)
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I got white sandpit sand from Bunnings over here in W.A.

Make sure to wash it in a bucket/stocking for a while until the water runs clear.

Also make sure there are no added chemicals to the sand.



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Old 23rd April 2006   #4 (permalink)
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how long did it take until u could put your axie back in the tank?



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Old 23rd April 2006   #5 (permalink)
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I took some from the beach ;-). Seems fine .... really nice fine sand too ...



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Old 23rd April 2006   #6 (permalink)
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it depends if your tank is cycled or not jade or if you have established filters and time to do some extra water changes. on my substrate change they went in two days later with established filters added and very light feeding plus a few extra water changes incase of a spike.



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Old 8th May 2006   #7 (permalink)
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What about calcisand is that alright to use? (sand that contains calcium) I am worried about too much calcium leeking into the water. Though my handy reptile diet book says nothing about too much calcium for reptiles, this is going to be my first amphibian in a long time. Also, what is the argument for using sand as a substrate? Obviously it by passes much of the feeding problems however there must be some problems.



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Old 8th May 2006   #8 (permalink)
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Yes, calci-sand will dissolve to some extent in the water. On a limited basis this is OK, in fact adding some calci-sand to the filter is a remedy for too-soft water and low pH. But I wouldn't use calci-sand as a substrate, as you might end up with the water being too hard/alkaline.



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Old 8th May 2006   #9 (permalink)
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A lot of axie owners use 'pool filter sand' or 'play sand' the sort they sell at hardware stores and gravel yards to put into childrens sandpits as it is quite clean and lacks large quantities of things like calcium.

Like Luke, I live in WA and got my sand from Bunnings but bought the stuff they sell for bonzai and cacti gardens. A company called "Tuscan Paths" markets it and most hardware stores here sell it. Being from QLD you should be able to find it at your local BUNNINGS HardwareHouse - I guess you have Bunnings over there!?!?

Anyway, here's a pic of one of my tanks with the sand from "Tuscan Paths".

Click the image to open in full size.



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Old 8th May 2006   #10 (permalink)
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The Tuscan Paths sand is good. Its what im using too. It actually says on some of the packets that it can be used in aquariums and it didnt take long for the water to run clear.



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Old 12th May 2006   #11 (permalink)
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What about coloured sand?

http://www.sandtastik.com/category.asp?category_id=2



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Old 13th May 2006   #12 (permalink)
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the sand in your link is for kids so im not to sure if this would be safe for your tank. i have purple aquarium sand in my axie tank but you have to be careful with any coloured sand because it leeches into the water, i washed my sand for hours then when i put it in my tank i washed it for about a month to release as much purple from the sand as possible, you might not have to do it for as long as i did but i wanted to be sure cause you can poison your axies otherwise



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Old 13th May 2006   #13 (permalink)
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but in the end the coloured sand was best for me and my purpose, below is a picture of my tank with the purple sand while it was cycling, sorry about the condensation on the tankClick the image to open in full size.Click the image to open in full size.



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Old 14th May 2006   #14 (permalink)
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Oh its lovely where did you get it?



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Old 14th May 2006   #15 (permalink)
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i got my sand from my local aquarium shop, but i had to ask them to order it especially for me cause they dont sell much coloured sand let alone purple



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Old 16th May 2006   #16 (permalink)
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thanks for ur help unfortunately shazym died Click the image to open in full size. he has been sick for quite a while and wasn't eating at all.

well i got the tuskan path sand but i proberly won't use it as i proberly won't get another axie, i feel soo bad about his death.

thanks though for the help

bye bye



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