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post #1 of 21 Old 04-29-2011, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Pictures Needed: Play Sand with Black Background

Hi,
Does anyone have pictures of a aquarium with Pool Filter Sand preferably, with a BLACK background, and preferably a planted tank. I really need to see how this design would work out before i try it. Would also like to see Play Sand with Black Background. I might end up mising some pool filter sand with Ecocomplete black sand/small gravel as well that i already have, but quantity of black would be much less.
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post #2 of 21 Old 04-29-2011, 02:18 PM
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sounds like my tank! Here it is with pool filter sand:





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post #3 of 21 Old 04-29-2011, 02:43 PM
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sik80, that is one GORGEOUS tank!!

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post #4 of 21 Old 04-29-2011, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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yea, nice tank you have. now if i could also see the play sand with the black background.

You guys think this would be nice for Fancy Goldfish, or is it way too light??
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post #5 of 21 Old 04-29-2011, 02:52 PM
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That tank does have a black background.
I've read numerous places that it isn't good husbandry to keep goldies on sand. They are substrate rooters and swallow sand too easily, which isn't good for them.

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post #6 of 21 Old 04-29-2011, 04:25 PM
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sik80, that is one GORGEOUS tank!!
why thank you!

Have to agree that goldfish would probably dig up the rooted plants. Also, what you can't see in the pics is that fish poop shows up quite a lot on the pale sand - with goldfish pooping a lot it would maybe look untidy

re: play sand - it'd probably look the same as mine. The advantage of pool filter sand is that it doesn't contain any small particles under a certain size (0.2mm i think), meaning that there's less compaction and more water flow through the substrate. This has the advantage of reducing the likelihood of anaerobic spots developing and providing a better environment for plant root growth. Small grain gravel has the same advantages
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post #7 of 21 Old 04-29-2011, 11:23 PM Thread Starter
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thanks guys, i think maybe the pool sand wont be the best option for my planted goldfish tank with black background. I really need some pictures of play sand with black background. Do you guys know a nice very small gravel (1mm max) that is either dark color, such as brown or black, and that is cheap?
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post #8 of 21 Old 04-30-2011, 02:39 AM
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sik80, excellent tank!

While my tanks are not as nicely planted as sik80's (I have plant munching cichlids!) I do have play sand in them and black backgrounds so you'll get the gist of it.


Sorry about the bad reflection in this one.



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150 Gallon - Mostly American Cichlids
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post #9 of 21 Old 04-30-2011, 10:16 AM
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Here are my two tanks with gray playsand and black backgrounds.

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post #10 of 21 Old 04-30-2011, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
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Hey Byron, I LOVE it. Which sand is this exactly, cause this is what i want, just like yours. Is it from Home Depot, we have the King Play Sand, but i dont know if it is the same:

KING - KING play sand 20kg - 13003020 - Home Depot Canada

Pls tell me, I WANT I WANT I WANT
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