Originally Posted by Bluydgrl
I went to Lowe's and they only had the tan play sand.It turns darker(i read)when it get wet.So i went with River Run sand that it white.Looks cream color not white.Will this be ok?
Also can you help me out with the filter to use?Should i use the Rena XP2 or the Marineland Bio wheel Power Filter Penguin 200.My mng at the LFS said to go the Marinland.He uses those and hates the canister.To each his own tho?I know Ruskull uses the Rena.What are your thoughts?Money isn't a issue.I just want the best for my fish and tank
It's your choice in sand, but I am not partial to white or light sand. Fish are uneasy over this, as light reflects off it and this is unnatural. The playsand is "tan" and it is light enough, but not so much that the fish seem bothered, and it does replicate what is in Amazonia. If yo haven't opened it, you could exchange it for the playsand. Up to you.
If you intend plants, forget the biowheel. A canister like the Rena that is the recommended size for the tank is sufficient. For your 36g tank, you want the Rena XP1 which is rated for tanks up to 45g. This will be more than adequate. I have a Rena XP3 on my 115g and I like it; I have two Eheim canisters on the 70g and 90g, and while it can be argued that they are better made and will last longer (my two have been running non-stop for 15 years now with n o problems, so that is certainly reliable) I went with the Rena XP3 three years ago mainly because i couldn't buy Eheim locally, and Rena was rated second to Eheim. It may not last as long, too early to tell, but it certainly does the job. One problem with Rena is the hose length is only five feet; Eheim have longer hoses, but that is a concern more for 4-5 foot tanks where you want to reach the far end.