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post #1 of 8 Old 08-06-2011, 02:56 PM Thread Starter
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Play sand for discus tank?

I bought 5 bags of play sand i use that sand in my 75 gallon bedroom tank not positive if i can use it with discus because there so picky ? we dont have pool sand if anyone can give me some advice if its okay to use please

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post #2 of 8 Old 08-06-2011, 06:09 PM
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Well play sand tends to be extremely messy so most people stay away from it. But if you rinse the hell out of it I don't see why it couldn't work. I am in the same boat as you nobody near me sells pool filter sand :(

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post #3 of 8 Old 08-06-2011, 06:13 PM
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Yeah I just added play sand to a 12g. I didn't rinse it very well and it's extremely cloudy. I did a 60% water change and that helped a lot.


If you go that route make sure to rinse it very well.
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post #4 of 8 Old 08-06-2011, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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it wont mess with the ph levels or anything ? it should hold my plants down?

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Columbian Tetra
Blood Parrot Chilid
Large Pleco
German Blue Ram Male | Female
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post #5 of 8 Old 08-06-2011, 06:39 PM
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it wont mess with the ph levels or anything ? it should hold my plants down?


It's what Byron suggested I put in my planted tank.
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post #6 of 8 Old 08-06-2011, 07:31 PM
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We use playsand here, and it took me about 2 hours to rinse enough for my 29g tank. But if you can do that, you'll love the playsand. I was able to add my fish back right after I added the sand.


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post #7 of 8 Old 08-07-2011, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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can i use gravel with discus fish im really leaning toards using that other then using sand since i have it in my other 75 gallon tank :/

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Columbian Tetra
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German Blue Ram Male | Female
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-07-2011, 01:06 AM
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You can use Gravel but keep in mind that debri will find it's way down into the gravel and vaccuming becomes much more labor intensive than sand where the debri remains on the surface.
I used play sand on tank holding Discus and cleaning the bottom was much easier than in tanks that have Gravel for I could SEE the debri much easier.
Add some trumpet snails to help sift the sand, and try not to exceed two inches in depth. This will pretty much negate any issues with Gases, or anerobic conditions under the sand.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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