best type of sand in for aquarium,regardless of price
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Beginner Freshwater Aquarium » best type of sand in for aquarium,regardless of price

best type of sand in for aquarium,regardless of price

This is a discussion on best type of sand in for aquarium,regardless of price within the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> I know a lot of people use play sand mainly because of it's inexpense and attractiveness but is it the best? I'm not concerned ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Kribensis
Kribensis
Tinfoil Barb
Tinfoil Barb
Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools vBmenu Seperating Image Search this Thread vBmenu Seperating Image
best type of sand in for aquarium,regardless of price
Old 04-15-2012, 08:17 AM   #1
 
best type of sand in for aquarium,regardless of price

I know a lot of people use play sand mainly because of it's inexpense and attractiveness but is it the best? I'm not concerned about the budget, I just want what's best for the fish. Is there any type of sand that may be better or is play sand really the route to go?
smit3183 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2012, 08:55 AM   #2
 
fish joey's Avatar
 
What type of fish are you going to have?
fish joey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2012, 09:11 AM   #3
 
Tazman's Avatar
 
It depends on what fish you are keeping as mentioned.
Tazman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2012, 09:14 AM   #4
 
Peaceful community tank, currently have some platys, mollys, cherry barbs, albino corys, and bloodfin tetras. May be planning on upgrading my planted 55g that has gravel to a 125 planted sand.
smit3183 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2012, 10:01 AM   #5
 
I was told the best sand to use is pool filter sand, as it is round and not sharp, like beach sand, but mind you Im in Australia, and I dont know what the sand is like anywhere else, even play sand may have impurities
Da11as is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2012, 01:10 PM   #6
 
Byron's Avatar
 
Pool sand is often white, and that is not good for fish. It is available in black, in the USA I am told, and that would be fine. There are also specific aquarium sands in black and perhaps a couple other colours, but these are expensive.

Play Sand is what I use in 4 of my 7 tanks now, and I have found it a good substrate. It is a mix of tan/black/gray/white grains and looks darker dry than wet, but as it ages a bit it does darken in the aquarium, and with plants and bogwood this is quite acceptable. The sand in many streams in Amazonia is identical to playsand in colour and texture, so it is also very authentic for tropical aquascapes.

I use the Quikrete brand of play sand, available from Home Depot or (I believe) Lowe's. It takes a lot of rinsing to remove the fine dirt, but in the end it is well worth it. It contains no impurities that affect water chemistry or fish. Photo below is of one of my playsand tanks, the 33g forest lagoon aquascape, which has been setup this way for more than a year now.

Byron.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 33g Apr 6-12.jpg (72.9 KB, 48 views)
Byron is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2012, 04:47 PM   #7
 
Was also looking into eco complete. Is this ok for corys?
Posted via Mobile Device
smit3183 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2012, 06:17 PM   #8
 
Byron's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by smit3183 View Post
Was also looking into eco complete. Is this ok for corys?
Posted via Mobile Device
No. I was warned off that by a professional catfish breeder, and when I was deciding on an enriched substrate for my 70g I considered Flourite over Eco-Complete after seeing both in a local store and deciding Flourite felt smoother. But now that I have it, even it is too much and I removed the three cory species from this tank, and I must say they are looking much happier over sand. I would not use an enriched substrate with fish that burrow or sift through it, like corys, loaches, etc.
Byron is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Which is the best type of filter for my aquarium with Black mollies? sam9953 Livebearers 10 02-15-2010 05:32 AM
What type of Sand dustin0 Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 8 10-22-2009 02:07 PM
Type of snail for a planted aquarium? hookedonfishtanks Invertebrates 5 05-14-2008 02:11 AM
What type of sand is this? Teddy Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 5 11-11-2007 03:16 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:50 AM.