Adding different substrate to established tank - Page 4 - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
 12Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #31 of 41 Old 03-18-2013, 08:12 AM
JDM
Member
 
JDM's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by jentralala View Post
Yeah, yours looks pretty white in the pic but they're probably pretty similar in person.
I'm wondering if there's a difference regionally or just between America/Canada. I think JDM has playsand, and he lives in Canada. Need to get a close-up pic of it....
The pics don't need much explanation other than the mud shots, the first is before rinsing and the second is after.

Jeff.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg The bag.jpg (53.4 KB, 22 views)
File Type: jpg initial mud.jpg (73.4 KB, 22 views)
File Type: jpg final product.jpg (116.3 KB, 22 views)
File Type: jpg closeup after.jpg (82.1 KB, 21 views)
File Type: jpg Scrappy and buddy.jpg (73.2 KB, 21 views)


Total years fish keeping experience: 7 months, can't start counting in years for a while yet.

The shotgun approach to a planted tank with an LED fixture

Small scale nitrogen cycle with a jar, water and fish food; no substrate, filter etc
JDM is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #32 of 41 Old 03-18-2013, 08:39 AM
Member
 
fish monger's Avatar
 
Mine is the beige Quikrete Play Sand shown in many photos. It looks to me like there is a pretty significant difference in the grain size also when compared to Byron's. I would prefer to have the type he has; however, I'm still glad I made the switch.
Perlumia likes this.

Fishmonger
fish monger is offline  
post #33 of 41 Old 03-18-2013, 11:14 AM
Member
 
jentralala's Avatar
 
Thanks for the detailed pic JDM :D
jentralala is offline  
post #34 of 41 Old 03-18-2013, 11:23 AM
Member
 
Byron's Avatar
 
I think the sand in Jeff's photos is very similar to mine, if not identical (colour/hue). My Quikrete is lighter in the tank than it is in the air, even when wet. And that is what I see in Jeff's photos. It may be the "daylight" light over the tank and shining through the water that lightens the sand. When I had the Flourite Black I noticed that in the tank it was not really "black" but more of a sort of faded out black.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
Byron is offline  
post #35 of 41 Old 03-18-2013, 11:26 AM
JDM
Member
 
JDM's Avatar
 
I have some quickrete sand that I will rinse and look at, now I am curious.

Jeff.
jentralala likes this.


Total years fish keeping experience: 7 months, can't start counting in years for a while yet.

The shotgun approach to a planted tank with an LED fixture

Small scale nitrogen cycle with a jar, water and fish food; no substrate, filter etc
JDM is offline  
post #36 of 41 Old 03-18-2013, 03:56 PM
JDM
Member
 
JDM's Avatar
 
Quickrete sand purchased in Smiths Falls at a local TSC store.

It has been rinsed, put into a jar and covered in water by a few inches and jiggled a bit to let the sand settle out a bit to sort of simulate an aquarium look. It is much darker over all and has a smaller average grain size than my current tank sand. Although it seems to have some larger gains. I expect over time that the larger grains would be more apparent as the finer grains settle into the bottom.

Hmmm... I will do a dry closeup later to see what the composition is. I already know there is a fair amount of limestone in there and it looks less "quartzy" than the other.

Jeff.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Quickrete sand.jpg (82.8 KB, 20 views)
jentralala and Perlumia like this.


Total years fish keeping experience: 7 months, can't start counting in years for a while yet.

The shotgun approach to a planted tank with an LED fixture

Small scale nitrogen cycle with a jar, water and fish food; no substrate, filter etc
JDM is offline  
post #37 of 41 Old 03-18-2013, 04:21 PM
Member
 
jentralala's Avatar
 
It's just regular old Quikcrete playsand? I know they sell 'all purpose' sand, but I wouldn't doubt there must be some kind of regional difference.

I'm really starting to think our sand may be beach sand, while yours is either lake or something else.
jentralala is offline  
post #38 of 41 Old 03-18-2013, 04:38 PM
JDM
Member
 
JDM's Avatar
 
Stay away from the all purpose sand it will probably have crap in it.

My sand is lake sand , called beach sand, hence the shell particles. There aren't any shells in the quickrete product.

It's hard to judge what it will look like in the tank when seeing it just out of the bag. It looks different. I'll put up a comparative shot when I get home.

Jeff.
Posted via Mobile Device
JDM is offline  
post #39 of 41 Old 03-18-2013, 06:40 PM
Member
 
jentralala's Avatar
 
Man, I'm bummed. That sand is so gorgeous, I wish I knew of a way to get sand like that. I can't find anywhere selling sand similar to that. I looked through some of the info on Quikcrete products, and this is all I could find of some value.

"Appearance: White or tan sand, granular, crushed, or ground to fine mesh sizes"

Mine would fall under tan, while yours seems to be the crushed/ground. But I can't find anywhere about regional differences/where they source it.
jentralala is offline  
post #40 of 41 Old 03-19-2013, 11:11 AM Thread Starter
Member
 
Perlumia's Avatar
 
Wow! Thanks for all those great sand pictures. I like Byron's and JDM's; not only are they a bit darker, they look more natural to me than my Quickrite Premium play sand. That is definitely like at day at Ocean City beach. The difference in color explains why I felt like the mulm and other detritus shows up much more clearly on my play sand than on the Eco complete, which reminds me of a rich potting soil.

I have only bought the one bag from Home Depot, but I would imagine Lowes carries a similar product. I'll have to look around.

I did buy a very expensive 20 lb bag of Caribsea black sand at PetSmart; I'm going to do an experiment layering it with Eco Complete in a jar of water and see what comes of it. It seems to be the only local black sand I can come across, but something brownish or salt & pepper would be nice. Maybe I'll experiment with mixing the play sand with it to see if I can get a nice hybrid sandy substrate!

Plummy
Perlumia is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Substrate change in established tank Absntmind Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 8 02-10-2013 10:39 PM
adding ammonia to established tank... Ridewithme38 Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 2 12-04-2011 09:16 PM
adding liverock to an established tank Dalybro Beginner Saltwater Aquariums 1 12-07-2009 11:21 PM
Adding Live Sand to Established Tank? newtosalt Beginner Saltwater Aquariums 1 03-06-2008 09:09 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome