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Austin 04-24-2010 07:48 PM

Play Sand
 
Hey guys,

I've heard about it, but I can't track down the threads in which I read about it.

Can anyone give me any information on using play sand as a substrate in an aquarium?

I am pretty sure several people here do...

And can anyone show me any pictures of how it looks in their tanks? thanks :)

aunt kymmie 04-24-2010 11:58 PM

I use it in one of my tanks, the loaches LOVE it, as do I. If you look at my aquariums tab you can see the one tank that I have it in.
ooops, that tank isn't in my log. Let me download a pic now..BRB

aunt kymmie 04-25-2010 12:04 AM

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Play sand substrate:

Austin 04-25-2010 01:11 AM

Wow, that looks very nice.

Unless I can think of/find some cheap black substrate, I may try that out in one of my tanks. :)

Does any "Play sand" work?

mordalphus 04-25-2010 02:14 AM

If you're going to be planting anything in there, i'd just go for flourite black sand... I bought it last time I was at the LFS, and I've gotta say... It's beautiful stuff, and my plants love it!

I've got it in all 3 of my tanks now.

Play sand looks pretty good, but i guess for me, the difference between a bag of play sand (~5 bucks?) and a bag of flourite sand (~15 bucks) is not just a difference in price. The flourite has a lot more benefit than just being more expensive... Like I said, if you have plants, it's great!

-- liam

willow 04-25-2010 04:26 AM

play sand is great and it's cheap,just was it a hundred times(slight over kill)
in my tank i placed gravel at the back for the plants,then the sand a the front,
the corys loved it.
remember to stir it gentaly with a stick or spoon/fork to keep it from getting gas pockets.
M Trumpet Snails work well as long as you don't have loaches.

iamntbatman 04-25-2010 04:30 AM

I use play sand in several of my tanks (I have pictures of some in my tanks, although I really need to update my tanks...). You do have to wash it quite a bit before using it but it's a great, cheap substrate.

aunt kymmie 04-25-2010 11:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mordalphus (Post 369141)
If you're going to be planting anything in there, i'd just go for flourite black sand... I bought it last time I was at the LFS, and I've gotta say... It's beautiful stuff, and my plants love it!

I've got it in all 3 of my tanks now.

Play sand looks pretty good, but i guess for me, the difference between a bag of play sand (~5 bucks?) and a bag of flourite sand (~15 bucks) is not just a difference in price. The flourite has a lot more benefit than just being more expensive... Like I said, if you have plants, it's great!

-- liam

Just as an aside- I've no problem growing plants in play sand. With the proper lighting and weekly dosing of Flourish Comprehensive all plants grow perfectly fine. The big difference between white play sand and black flourite is color. I wanted a white substrate and you can't get that with flourite. Flourite isn't as *soft* to the touch as as play sand. Something else to consider if you are planning on keeping bottom feeders that like to root and sift around in the substrate.

Austin 04-25-2010 01:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mordalphus (Post 369141)
If you're going to be planting anything in there, i'd just go for flourite black sand... I bought it last time I was at the LFS, and I've gotta say... It's beautiful stuff, and my plants love it!

I've got it in all 3 of my tanks now.

Play sand looks pretty good, but i guess for me, the difference between a bag of play sand (~5 bucks?) and a bag of flourite sand (~15 bucks) is not just a difference in price. The flourite has a lot more benefit than just being more expensive... Like I said, if you have plants, it's great!

-- liam

how many pounds is a bag? a 40-50 pound (I can't remember) for like 4$... and black plant sand (idk maybe black flourite) is about 20 pounds for 20$... and I would need probably 40-50 pounds for either tank.


Thanks for all the suggestions, though, guys. I guess I'll look around.

One last question.... how WELL do I need to wash it? someone said a lot? why?

willow 04-25-2010 01:36 PM

the play sand has lots of loose like dustieness,and it will really muck up the tank and filter
if you don't wash it out loads,like a gross silty slick on top of the water,
we all tend to wash,wash,wash,wash,wash,and still wash,then when your arms
are hanging down like a groillas and you wanna cry,wash again.:lol:


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