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post #1 of 34 Old 05-07-2010, 02:28 PM Thread Starter
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Soil from the river?

Hey guys, I have a question. I am looking to change my aquarium's gravel to sand. I have a pet shop 2 miles away, however I do have a river 200 yards away.

My idea was to dig some sand from the river beds, was, sift and put it my aquarium so I can plant some plants in it and this should help me to cycle the new aquarium quicker as well.

How's that for an idea? Has anyone used river soul in their aquarium?

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post #2 of 34 Old 05-07-2010, 05:31 PM
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You might bring home some parasites or other things, but it would be cool looking

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post #3 of 34 Old 05-07-2010, 05:47 PM
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if the tempature of the water is colder, the parasites will die when heated, you could pour boiling water over it and it should kill them off, also i would let the tank stay with just water, heater and gravel for at least a week then you can start adding plants to let the tank cycle. make sure you are checking your parameters while you leave the sand in the tank.

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Sounds like the tank is already stocked and you just wanna change the looks right?

I'd absolutely boil it first, then let it air dry till its fully dry (several days) and at least that way you can be kinda sure you have not carried something in to your tank that shouldn't be there to harm your fish.

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post #5 of 34 Old 05-08-2010, 08:43 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I have white gravel, but I want an Amazon looking tank, so I want some yellow sand on the bottom.

Has anyone actually used the sand from the river in their aquarium/s?
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post #6 of 34 Old 05-08-2010, 12:03 PM
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i havent, but if this works out for you im gonna go out and try it. try and find a river that isnt big enough for boats, or one that is ok to eat shellfish from.

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post #7 of 34 Old 05-08-2010, 02:02 PM
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Just be aware that you might introduce any number of toxins or biological problems. This applies to any introduced item from nature, be it wood, rock or sand/gravel. You probably have no way of kowing what substances may have come into contact with the material at some point in the past and have been absorbed, nor can you know what pathogens there may be. While boiling and/or drying may eliminate some of these, it may not eliminate all toxins if they are present. It is always a risk, just so you recognize that.

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post #8 of 34 Old 05-08-2010, 03:02 PM Thread Starter
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Another question, sand, gravel ect. they sell is pet shops, where does it come from?
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post #9 of 34 Old 05-08-2010, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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Hey guys, can these be used in aquarium?
http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/bq/nav.js...&isSearch=true
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post #10 of 34 Old 05-08-2010, 06:22 PM
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I have used sand, gravel, driftwood, and dirt taken from the river behind my house in my fish tanks without any problems. I would definitely boil the sand or gravel first. I know alot of the natural store aquarium gravel here in the states comes from gravel pits somewhere in the U.S.

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