Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 10-06-2012, 10:22 PM   #1 
MissLyss1024
New Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Binghamton, NY
Play sand as a substrate?

Hi guys! I'm starting a new tank and would like to try sand as a substrate. I like the look and it seems like it would be easier to clean with a siphon than the gravel. I came across a 50lb bag at Lowes for $5! Can't beat that price! It's Quikrete play sand, has anyone used it with sucess? Would it be safe for the bettas and my live plants? I understand it needs to be cleaned very well and you have to poke it to get rid of gas bubbles every now and then. Thanks for any imput!
MissLyss1024 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2012, 02:20 AM   #2 
Cinderwolf
Member
 
Cinderwolf's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
I use Quickrete sand as a substrate. LOVE IT. Looks fantastic and the plants are growing nice roots. just rinse it a bunch tilt he water runs clear even when you swish the sand around a lot.
Cinderwolf is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2012, 03:45 PM   #3 
babystarz
Member
 
babystarz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Yes I know of a lot of people who use play sand. I actually prefer Quickrete's Fine Grain because it's 100% silica, whereas the play sand can have other stuff in it that may or may not become a problem over time. It's harder to know exactly what you're putting in the tank I guess.
babystarz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-07-2012, 03:48 PM   #4 
toad
Member
 
toad's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Connecticut
I've never used play sand, but I use pool filter sand in several tanks and love it. It's a little larger grain than play sand and it doesn't cloud the water when you move things which is nice :)
toad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-08-2012, 02:31 PM   #5 
MissLyss1024
New Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Binghamton, NY
Thanks for the imput :) I was leaning more towards pool filter sand but unfortunatley this time of year I was unable to find any without spending a fortune on shipping cost. I decided to go with the Quikrete Fine Grade and am anxious to try it out!
MissLyss1024 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2012, 01:51 AM   #6 
babystarz
Member
 
babystarz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Quote:
Originally Posted by MissLyss1024 View Post
Thanks for the imput :) I was leaning more towards pool filter sand but unfortunatley this time of year I was unable to find any without spending a fortune on shipping cost. I decided to go with the Quikrete Fine Grade and am anxious to try it out!
Great! Best way to add water to the tank is to put a little plate down right on the sand, and pour the new water directly onto it. You can do this for normal water changes too. If you accidentally disturb the sand, it settles back down really quickly because the particles are so light.
babystarz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2012, 05:56 PM   #7 
PitGurl
Member
 
PitGurl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
I have play sand in my smaragdina tank. I wanted the quikrete sand but lowes didn't have any. It seems fine, took about a day to settle. The fish really like it, especially my female.

Just be to poke it when doing water changes to release the gases that build up. Or you can get trumpet snails that bury.
PitGurl is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

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
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:30 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.