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Well, like many things, "play sand" is local. I absolutely hated play sand available to me at my last location. Dirty & compacting...not good, & I removed it in less than a month...I like the mixed color of yours, NoodleCats, but I'll be reluctant to try it again...ever, ever again!
 

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Well, like many things, "play sand" is local. I absolutely hated play sand available to me at my last location. Dirty & compacting...not good, & I removed it in less than a month...I like the mixed color of yours, NoodleCats, but I'll be reluctant to try it again...ever, ever again!
Gotta rinse super super well and run filter floss for awhile with new sand, and stir it gently every couple weeks to prevent the compaction
 

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I just switched to play sand for my tanks and haven’t found any of the issues you’re describing either :) I think you just had bad luck in your area!!
 

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Ive found it better than gravel. I hate gravel, traps so much debris and becomes a nitrate factory over time, even with thorough vacuuming. Its more maintenance than sand IME. So for me, I'm happy to never go back to gravel, though I dont mind mixing it with sand provided its rounded so it doesn't affect my bottom dwellers either.
 

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Rearranged the blackwater, got new branches this time from my in laws yard.
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Got more floating sprite.
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trimmed the moss in my betta tank
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and rescaped this betta tank and trimmed the hygrophila
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Added some crypt parva to the shallow 4g, hoping it'll form a small carpet around the rocks
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The 5g got a moss trim
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Just waiting on the wall of hygro to fill the back of his tank
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Got some Brazilian pennywort and some echinodorus quadricostatus for the SA biotope. This tank is also now run on a canister filter as well as the sponge filter.
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