Thinking about using sand AND adding live plants instead of rocks?
Hiya. I was thinking about adding sand and live plants. I know the live plants need supplements to keep them living and healthy. But my question is, adding the sand, does it stir up? Or does it stay at the bottom, with no hassle?
I haven't used sand myself, but have heard good things. Suggestions:
Use pool filter sand, rather than play sand (though some have
reported success with play sand, too)
Rinse thoroughly to avoid clouding up your water.
Put a saucer in your tank under the spot where you pur in new
water, to avoid stirring up the sand.
Here's what I did... in 12 hours I had a clear sand substrate tank.
-Put sand in a bucket and add water - mix until water runs clear. This may take a long while if you have playsand. Put aside.
-Clean out tank, take out decorations/rocks/fish. Now is a good time to have your cup betta came in.
-Add sand to the bottom of dry tank, pat into place but not too firmly!
-Take your new water and put the container higher than the tank. Siphon the new water into your tank, make sure not to upset the sand. Fill your tank.
-Add plants, let water settle. Remember some plants don't do well if you plant a certain root into the sand. Don't plant plants too far into the sand or they will rot.
-Add Betta. By the next day it should be all clear again. Make sure not to disturb the sand while adding water. I used a saucer and I had to wait 3 days to see the back wall of the tank lol
Good luck! We just planted our 5g sand tank tonight. We set it up for the Danios and baby Bristle Nose :)
pitluvs instructions are sound. flourite black from petsmart is a good choice too if you want the dark color. plants need fertilizers if they are being planted in inert substrates so get eith the root tabs or seachem flourish to use as fertilizers. they are fish safe and work really well. i personally use it in all my betta tanks without having any problems with it.
There is also a rock you can use in your tank, it's a #2 size. It's super tiny tiny and its natural color. I was thinking of using it but it was $36/bag... the play sand was 65lbs for $9. Trying to set up a few tanks at once, I went with the cheaper option and more work lol