Originally Posted by fishies1234
Just boiled the sand and all the other stuff that was in it (rock, little gem things, shells).. I picked all of the other stuff out and just left the sand for now... I like the rocks and shells but not a fan of the gems.. Anyways, I am no thinking that I am going to need more sand, especially if I want to add plants. What are your thoughts? Attachment 44554
This sand don't look right to me(unless it is pool filter sand). You mention pieces of shell in the sand, which could mean it is coral sand, and this sand will create hard water condition and limit the species of fishes you can keep to those who prefer hard alkaline water.
You can test this sand by taking a sample of tapwater(after it has set overnight) and having the pH tested either by you, or fish store and then also take a sample from a bucket of water with some of the sand.(after it has set overnight)
if the pH between the two samples is much different,i would not use the sand in the photo unless you planon keeping hard water species such as livebearer's or african cichlids which may grow too large for the tank.
It is the pieces of shell you mention ,along with color of the sand which would concern me if small tetra like fishes were what I planned on keeping.
Just trying to save you some possible grief later.
Personally,, I would buy a bag of regular playsand from hardware store or lawn and garden store.