Sand? - Page 2
Tropical Fish

Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources » Freshwater Fish and Aquariums » Beginner Freshwater Aquarium » Sand?

Sand?

This is a discussion on Sand? within the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> I just thought that the sand would be the best kinda substrate so ive been told. Thats why i wanted to ask experienced ones ...

Check out these freshwater fish profiles
Dwarf Neon Rainbowfish
Dwarf Neon Rainbowfish
Dojo Loach
Dojo Loach
Reply
Old 09-22-2008, 11:32 AM   #11
 
Blaxicanlatino's Avatar
 
I just thought that the sand would be the best kinda substrate so ive been told. Thats why i wanted to ask experienced ones as the ones posted for their experiences or comments. Thanks everyone :D. Would you say that sand is worth it? and how do i clean the sand before add it to the tank?
Blaxicanlatino is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2008, 11:38 AM   #12
 
okiemavis's Avatar
 
The sand it worth it if you're going to be using fish which will appreciate the sand, such as corydoras. If you're doing a tank full of neon tetras, it doesn't matter, as they will never touch the sand anyway.

Clean the sand with repeated rinsing. I took a 5G bucket of sand outside, filled with water, stirred, dumped out the water and repeated another 50 or so times. It's an absolute pain, but better than dumping dirty/dusty sand into the tank.

As with any substrate change, always remove the fish beforehand.
okiemavis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2008, 11:46 AM   #13
 
Blaxicanlatino's Avatar
 
I also heard it was best for plants.
Blaxicanlatino is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-22-2008, 11:58 AM   #14
 
okiemavis's Avatar
 
I wouldn't say so. Sand can be problematic if it compacts around the roots, because it inhibits growth. It also doesn't have any nurtients in it, unlike the planted tank substrates, so you must fertilise with root tabs. If you want a good substrate for plants, I'd recommend something like Eco-Complete.
okiemavis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2008, 03:37 AM   #15
 
willow's Avatar
 
you could have the best of both worlds.
half sand half gravel.
that's what i;m going to do when i set my tank back up.
just need some plexi glass for the seperation.
then you could have the plants at the back in the gravel,and a nice sand
area in the front.
:)
and ditto about washing out the sand,it takes what feels
like forever to wash it out,however it is worth it.
:)
willow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2008, 11:40 AM   #16
 
Blaxicanlatino's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by willow
you could have the best of both worlds.
half sand half gravel.
that's what i;m going to do when i set my tank back up.
just need some plexi glass for the seperation.
then you could have the plants at the back in the gravel,and a nice sand
area in the front.
:)
and ditto about washing out the sand,it takes what feels
like forever to wash it out,however it is worth it.
:)
I was thinking about doing the same thing. Just need to find some plexi glass
Blaxicanlatino is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2008, 02:23 PM   #17
 
willow's Avatar
 
hi
you should be able to get it from the local DIY store.
i don't know what sizees you can get it in,maybe they
have a service where they will cut it to the size you want.
willow is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-23-2008, 11:50 PM   #18
 
SheyFirestar's Avatar
 
most hardware stores with cut it for you if you need them to. some will do it for free others charge by the cut. if not there is a tool for cutting it. mine was only like 4 or 5 dollars and you cant go wrong have a little extra plexiglass laying around ive used it for quite a few things.
SheyFirestar is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2008, 08:28 AM   #19
 
Blaxicanlatino's Avatar
 
alright :D thanks alot everyone :D
Blaxicanlatino is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Too late for live sand? (2 months in, used plain sand) Solarfall Beginner Saltwater Aquariums 6 08-05-2009 06:44 PM
live sand v.s. sand golfnut2 Saltwater Aquarium Equipment 6 05-24-2009 04:52 PM
live sand = coral sand ? jusabuketin Beginner Saltwater Aquariums 2 12-08-2008 09:06 PM
50% live sand, 50% unlive sand? musho3210 Beginner Saltwater Aquariums 15 12-28-2007 09:50 AM
Live sand Question how do you mix live sand and unlive sand raymi17 Beginner Saltwater Aquariums 6 02-13-2007 02:22 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:41 AM.