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View Poll Results: Which Substrate Do You Use In Your Tank(s)
Sand 44 83.02%
Gravel 6 11.32%
None 2 3.77%
Other 1 1.89%
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Old 05-13-2015, 02:11 PM
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Over the many years of fish keeping,I've heard many Pro's,Con's and suggestions when it comes to different substrates and how it effects our beloved Frontosa. Sand,Gravel,None,etc and how they can effect water parameters as well. Please share what you use in your tank,why,and the results you have had over time.
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I use a fine sand in a couple different colors by CaribSea. Love it and so do my fronts. They love to sift the sand. It's very enjoyable watching them play. Not a fan of bare bottom tanks (not very stimulating for the fish).
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I have sand, coarse crushed coral, fine (sand like) crushed coral in different tanks. I use crushed coral with the intention to maintain pH, but find it not doing the job. However, the fine one is more appealling to me, aesthetically speaking. The coarse one I do not like. Neither do I like gravel or bare bottom.
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Eco-Complete cichlid sand in the main kapampa tank. Nitrates stay low in that tank, @5, how much of that is due to the Eco-Complete or other factors in the tank, I'm not certain, but the Eco-Complete tank has always been that way. All my current tanks have sand, not a fan of bare bottom tanks, including fry tanks, never have been, even back when I kept discus. If you do some reading on it, a lot goes on in a healthy substrate that can be a positive part of the overall health and water quality of the tank under the right conditions. Sand is much easier than gravel in terms of not requiring siphoning all the time; once I figured that out some years ago I converted all my tanks. Also, fronts like to do some sand sifting when they're hungry ime, likely comes from the fact that they'll eat some crustaceans, etc. in the wild-- based on studies I've seen of their gut contents.

At least for me, only reason I'd do anything but sand might be dirt/clay type substrate especially for plants if I was going that way, or if I was strongly motivated do a purist biotope for a gravel type habitat, though after the years I spent faithfully siphoning my gravel with each water change, that's not likely.
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Used to have PFS but recently upgraded to aragonite. Tanks look a lot cleaner.
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Yeah Im currently using PFS and I like it. I use a little trick I learned with a soda bottle with the cap on. Removing the cap under water to pour on bottom. No mess,no cloudy water, just sand.
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CaribSea for me. Don't mess with the play sand stuff - Cheap but just awful Silica sand seems kinda hard to find now but I've used it in the past - downfall is that the dust causes lung cancer.
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Looking up the studies on that now,But Im not dusting it around like the workers,its under the water.
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I use a white sand like stuff from my LFS. Looks more like crushed rock or corals. I thought it would be sucked up during vacuuming but it is heavy enough it won't unless you keep it in one spot too long. I like it over gravel because food stays on top instead of sinking between gravel and my Gibbs like to eat off the bottom. Less rotting food in the substrate, the better water quality your fish will have.
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caribsea with expensive frontosas and other africans who prefer higher ph. american cichlids get pool filter sand. pool filter sand is the easiest and cheapest substrate available but does not affect ph.
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