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Old 7th July 2016   #1
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When choosing sand to use in my axies' tank, what grade is ok? Is course sand ok or does it need to be ultra-fine grade? By course grade, I mean 1 step larger particles then play sand, nowhere near even the tiniest pea gravel; just course enough that it doesn't compact like fine sand does.

I hopefully pick up my 4-month-old babies at the weekend and, following advice from both breeder and from here, they'll be starting life with me in a tub. Meanwhile, I'll be setting up their proper tank so that it can cycle and the plants can become established, so the sooner I know what sand to get the sooner I can start the setting-up process.

Thanks in advance.

Ih, here are my 3 babies... Mine are the 'freckled' leucistic, the golden albino and the palest of the wild-types (the bottom one).
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Old 7th July 2016   #2
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Default Re: Sand grade...

I have used several types of aquarium sand, mainly to mix the colours to get the effect I wanted. I would say that the black sand is not as fine as the sort of sand you'd find in a children's play pit.
Certainly worth getting the advice of some of the more experienced keepers though.

Your little ones look lovely. This is a very exciting time, and I hope that we see lots of pictures when you get your axolotls.



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Old 8th July 2016   #3
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Thanks for your reply. I'll definitely post lots of photos when they come.

Anyone else got any input on the sand?



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I had a bare bottom tank for years, but recently added natural colored play sand. I really like it. But it took ages to rinse clean. Like forever...... Worth it though, I think it looks great.



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Default Re: Sand grade...

yes if u use any type of sand that isnt specifically for aquariums than it takes forever too clean. I used pool filter sand in mine and the coarseness grade was perfect and didnt take as long to clean as regular play sand



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