Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 06-20-2018, 03:53 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: California
Posts: 23
Play Sand as Substrate?

Hi,

I have a 55 gallon fish tank with 5 fish in it 2 Ryukin goldfish, an Oranda, a Wakin, and a Albino Brislenose Pleco. All of them are pretty small. I currently have a barebottom tank. I'm considering adding some substrate and plants for them. They always look bored unless they see me and I feed them.

I was thinking of putting sand in since I know gravel isn't good for them because ammonia builds of more quickly due to the food and waste. The only sand they have at my LFS and Petco is Black and White sand. But I prefer my tank to look a little more natural and something cheaper. so I'm thinking of using play sand.

Should I use play sand? Or is it bad for Goldfish and that I should just use the sand made for fish.
__________________

__________________
SomeRandomGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2018, 04:02 PM   #2
ZxC
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
ZxC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Forest City, Ontario
Posts: 1,401
You can use it, but it has very inconsistent grain size, can "pack" down and usually is really dirty and dusty.

Some pool filter sand is a more tan color, maybe look around for that?
__________________

__________________
____________________________________________

If it were easy we wouldn't be here
ZxC is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2018, 04:32 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Toad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 1,204
Pool filter sand is really nice ans super cheap, I bought enough for a 75g and it cost like 14 bucks. It's heavy enough for it to not stir up as much as play sand, or go in the filter. You can alsp check out black diamond blasting sand for a darker look, which would make the fish really pop out against the color. Whichever you pick, make sure you rinse rinse rinse the crap out of it.
__________________
Toad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2018, 07:55 AM   #4
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
eternal_irony's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Warrington, UK
Posts: 18
I can second the above from experience. Spend hours rinsing playsand only to have it make a catastrophic mess when I got it in the tank.

Switched to pool filter sand, swirled it in a bucket of water to get rid of any dust and it was great. Not sucked up by the filter or syphon when doing water changes and it's a dark tan colour that looks much better than pale playsand
__________________
eternal_irony is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
ate, sand, substrate

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Best sand for corydoras: Play sand or Pool filter sand? cass95 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 17 01-01-2016 06:00 PM
Play Sand Substrate more than 1" deep? Legacy Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 8 10-14-2005 12:04 AM
Play sand substrate with Black-fin shark flipz Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 5 08-16-2005 04:37 PM
To Play with the Ball or Not Play with the Ball haub Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 4 06-30-2004 05:25 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:54 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.