First tank with sand

Discussion in 'Freshwater Substrates - Gravel, Sand' started by Jahnikar, Apr 17, 2012.

  1. JahnikarValued MemberMember

    Well it's official, I'm taking the plunge into the world of sand! That 5 gallon has been tormenting me by sitting empty so I've decided to put it to work for me. Gonna make it a grow-out tank for my Endler fry. Bought some black sand at the LFS yesterday and am getting ready to start washing it now. Of course pics will soon follow ;) I'm just hoping the black sand turns out better than black gravel did. I'm concerned about the color leaching out but I just love the way black substrate looks. Has anyone else had a problem with this?
     




  2. QQQUUUUAADDDWell Known MemberMember

    Nope.
    LOL! I set up a 5 gallon with black sand the past Saturday. What a coincedence!

    Just make sure to poke the sand with a chopstick. That destroys pockets of gas that build up in the sand.
     




  3. tpasser2Valued MemberMember

    Cool congrats! I just added 2 bags of black and 2 bags of white sand (mixed) from Petco to my 10 gallon recently. The water became cloudy (more white than anything) for about a day but then it subsided.
     




  4. Lexi03Well Known MemberMember

    I have a 2 5gal endler tanks with black sand. I have not had a problem. I have black gravel in 3 tanks, it hasn't lost it's color either though.
     
  5. psalm18.2Fishlore LegendMember

    Always use black sand, love it and never had problems. I like the Estes brand.
     
  6. JahnikarValued MemberMember

    Yay I'm glad black sand seems to be fairly issue-free. I'm loving the way it looks already! And as promised, a pic!

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  7. QQQUUUUAADDDWell Known MemberMember

  8. soltarianknightFishlore VIPMember

    looks good! I agree that you need to stir it up every now and then to prevent gas pockets. Or get a few trumpet snails or assassin snails.
     
  9. JahnikarValued MemberMember

    I think I'm gonna stick with fake plants for now in this one. I'll be adding a terra cotta pot to the tank today and then fire up the filter. Hoping I can get an instant cycle going with media from the endler tank. I definitely plan to get some trumpet snails very soon.
     
  10. JahnikarValued MemberMember

    As it sits now:

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    Got 6 trumpet snails for 50 cents at the LFS earlier and that nifty white rock for $1. :D

    At first I didn't think I'd like the look of the terra cotta pot but it actually all came together quite nicely. This is the first tank I've set up that I actually planned the aquascaping. Pretty proud of myself :)
     
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  11. Looks nice !!!
     
  12. Dan123Valued MemberMember

    May I just ask (sorry if this sounds stupid) why Trumpet or Assassin Snails would help prevent gas pockets?
     
  13. taiwwaValued MemberMember

    LIve plants are awesome though. You get to watch them grow and clean your tank at the same time.
     
  14. octonautValued MemberMember

    They burrow into the substrate during the day, which stirs it up :)
     
  15. soltarianknightFishlore VIPMember

    Yup. trumpets burrow to hide and find food and assassins burrow to ambush food, like trumpets or ramshorn.
     
  16. Butterflymommy68New MemberMember

    I also just set up a small nursery tank for my Black Balloon Belly fry (born in my 37 gal. tank. I used white sand which is a nice contrast for the black babies. I am very interested in the suggestion about using snails to help reduce gas pockets in the sand. I would like some suggestions as to what to feed my fry. I have been crumbling up flakes mixed with finely ground shrimp pellets.
     
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