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White sand - a good thing?

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maria

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I am planning on switching from the medium size pebbles that I currently use to sand as I've read so many good things about it.

I love the nice clean look of the white sand, but I am wondering if it would be better to get black sand as white shows up so much dirt. So my question is this - to those of you who have white sand, do you like it?
 
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cynthia

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White sand...a "poo thing".

I have white sand and I must say that it shows every spec o poo. When they have "firm" droppings it is not a problem cleans out nice, and its easy to spot. But on the "dusty" dropping days I curse the white sand.

But I am glad I can see all the poo and remove it. I have enlisted the help of a small battery operated gravel vacuum to pick up small pieces of plant and left over pellets. A turkey baster is the only thing to get the poo.

Be aware that the black moon sand and its white sand counter part are both easily vacuumed up with gravel vacs. It takes a bit of practice to be able to clean it lightly so as not to suck it all out of the tank.

So I like it and I hate it at the same time.
 
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maria

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Thanks - I was afraid it would be a bit like having white carpet! I feel the same - I will most likely have a love-hate relationship with it. I will probably end up getting the white over the black sand just because I am a bit fanatical about poo removal.
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kim

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I dont have white sand but i have the natural coloured stuff.. as Cynthia says its a love hate thing.. but you can see everthing that needs cleaning.. and at least it makes ou clean it out more often i reckon as you stan there and stare at the evil poo! :D
 
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carl

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why dont you mix white with black sand that might look cool
 
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lulu

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what do their poos look like...sorry if thats a bit gross, but i have pebbles and ive never spotted any poo before i was guessing it was like fish poo...i vaccuum my pebbles once a week is this enough?
 
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claire

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looks like pellets similar to guinea pigs poos.i siphon mine once a week and my tank seems to be fine.problem is when im replacing my water it blows dirt from under my pebbles and i get bit floating around.but i use my fine fish net to get all that out.the water goes a bit cloudy but goes back to normal after a while.
 
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heather

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I have REAL sand.
What I like about the natural sand is that it doesnt show every speck of dirt but it shows enough that you can clean what you need to.
Lots of people told me that it was a horrible idea but it works out fine. They said it would have like bacteria in it that would harm my axies, and all kinds of dirt.
From my friend with hermit crabs i learned that baking the sand in the oven will steralize it and washing it ten times over it gets out the dirt.
The natural sand is really pretty if you want a, well, Natural look. The only cons i find with sand is that gravel vaccuums become harder to use, like Cynthia said!
 
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brian

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What kind of filter do you have with that sand? Regular play sand can sometimes damage filters. It can get into the impeller chamber and start grinding away at the impeller and the casing around it, and eventually will cause the impeller to wobble and break.
 
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heather

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"real sand" as collected from the beach, not the special stuff found in pet stores.

Brian-If that question was aimed at me...I have one of those filters that hang on the side of the tank. The intake tube is well off the ground so it doesnt suck up any sand at all.
 
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jarred

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I don't see how sand collected from the beach is any more 'real' then sand bought from a pet shop but all well.
 
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brian

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What we're refering to here as "real sand" is sand that has not been processed at all, nor is it artificially produced by grinding down rocks. Sand bought from a pet store is processed and cleaned, and sifted to get a uniform grain size.
 
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    Daww.
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  • Asholotl:
    i try to feed mine via hands. or a turkey baster if its too slippery for me to hold onto. but make sure there is plenty of space for the axolotls to thrash on, or drop it next to their head.
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  • The-Axolotl:
    Yes we feed them with tweezers but only hold onto the food a little to they don't Hurt themselves on the tweezers, they will only eat it if we move it around in front of their head :p
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  • The-Axolotl:
    There waters is a little bit Hot right now I'm gonna put the cooler on
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  • Asholotl:
    looks like the water is fine till tomorrow. which is nice. im super tired of late. ive been doing large water changes for a week before getting their 'tubs' i just wish i had the old filter ;3;
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  • Asholotl:
    you got a cooler :D Thats so cool! i normally chill their water down if it gets too warm with clean dechlorinated water when they were in their bigger tanks. i'll need to get one that can work with two tanks at some point. or find them for cheap and get two quiet ones. since im in an apartment.
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  • The-Axolotl:
    Yea most coolers are super expensive though the price range is around $100-$500
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  • Asholotl:
    yeah D:
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  • Asholotl:
    i need one before summer though so i should prob save up
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    or its waterchanges and/or air fans for me.
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  • The-Axolotl:
    Here its Hot like every day so we have to have the cooler :p
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  • The-Axolotl:
    But we also have a fan
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  • Asholotl:
    its just wet in oregon and cold most of the time.
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  • The-Axolotl:
    So good axolotl weather :p
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  • Asholotl:
    yeah, most of the time lol. its always cold in my room now cause of them.
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  • The-Axolotl:
    Yea my room is freezing because of the axolotls xd
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  • The-Axolotl:
    The worst thing is my cat always jumps up next to the tank but good thing it has a lid 😁
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  • Asholotl:
    same D: my cat is constantly knocking over my bottles and stuff for my axolotls.
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  • The-Axolotl:
    One time he almost knocked over a whole bottle of tap water conditioner we just bought
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  • Asholotl:
    haha. sounds like a cat
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  • The-Axolotl:
    I know right what is it with cats constantly knocking every thing over??
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    And boxes. you can even tape a square on the floor and ive seen them go in it xD
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  • The-Axolotl:
    Haha 😂
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  • Asholotl:
    im going to head off now, its 12 am now so i got to rest. :D nice talking with ya!
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