If you use this sand, does the brightness of the sand cause the loaches to grey out more to blend in with the sand?
Do you have any other good suggestions for substrate?
In the past I have used gravel that is "natural" colored... tan/brownish. But gravel is farely expensive for this size of tank... just wondering what others are doing.
60 Gal. Tigerfish Tank
55 Gal. Afr. Cichlid Mix
55 Gal. South American Cichlid Mix
50 Gal. Jaguar Cichlid
40 Gal. New Loach Tank
20 Gal. Grow out tank
2 10 Gal. Grow out/ Breeder
Aquarium sand goes for $0.75-1.20/lb
Pool sand $0.20-0.25/lb
General purpose/play sand ~$0.10/lb
You save some with the general purpose sand, but what i've seen is much more variable in size and dustier. I like the look of the black sand, but the aquarium sand is just way too expensive when you need to get over 100lbs of it.
There is about 600 lbs of sand,a pile of driftwood, 12 clowns, 5 Yasuhiotakia modesta, 6 Osphronemus laticlavius,2 sunshine pleco,1 golden nugget pleco,1 striped talking cat,and 1 small giraffe cat.Curtis wrote:Oldfish - how many pounds of sand did you put in your 700 gallon tank? What all do you have in the tank?
I think most fish washout on white sand and tend to look better on darker colors but lighter colors reflect light better making the tank look brighter. Maintenance is easy.I use a bead filter and pump rated for a 4000 gal koi pond.Every week I backwash the filter until 25-30% of the water is gone then fill it backup and I'm done!Curtis wrote:Do loaches or fish have an issue with the brightly colored sand? Do the fish not color up as well? Also, how is your maintenance especially on your 700 gallon tank.
Can you post me a link to the bead filter you use and the pump you use.
I'm currently putting together a central system that will house around 1000 gallons or so... and until you mentioned it I never even heard of a bead filter.
About sands though, they are pretty much all locally sourced. I got really excited seing a post about Quikrete Medium Sand. Although it wasnt black it was a natural tan and much coarser than most sands which I find too fine. I have a post and have pictures of it (check out the pictures here). But after looking at my local HD and Lowes I found out that what we have available here was completely different. The Quikrete Medium Sand here wasnt coarse at all, just as fine as the regular sand sitting next to it, and it was even more pale white. I was dissapointed
I am just considering this, since its more costly now than it used to be. But its still about the cheapest way to get black sand other than maybe coal slag used for sandblasting (not sure how rough that is though). Pool filter sand is so much cheaper, but I just dont like the white look. Lots of folks on other forums have used this stuff, not sure about here. For a great read [long though] take a look at http://www.cichlid-forum.com/phpBB/view ... hp?t=43290 it will probably tell you all you ever wanted to know about it. Maybe if there is enough interest we could get a slight discount, but not too much. I think a local guy here in columbus says he pays about $28/50# for it (but wanted to charge me $45-50/# for it). I'd have to call the guy back though to see how much it would take to get that discount but I wouldnt plan on getting it any less than $30-35/50#.
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