Pool filter sand changeover

Discussion in 'Freshwater Fish and Tank Photos' started by Theman1, Aug 5, 2014.

  1. Theman1Valued MemberMember

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  2. JakobaWell Known MemberMember

  3. Theman1Valued MemberMember

    Thank you! I love the look of pool filter sand too. My blood parrot loves the sand. She already started digging. I just feel like I'm missing something though.

  4. JakobaWell Known MemberMember

    Yeah, I can kind of see what you mean. You could always go taller with the rocks, but I really do like the look of it the way it is. If I were you I would have gone with an all black background, but that's just my personal preference.
  5. Theman1Valued MemberMember

    I think you are right about the black background. It would make the fish pop more. Maybe some low light live plants?
  6. JakobaWell Known MemberMember

    I was actually going to suggest live plants! I wasn't sure though because of it being a cichlid tank. I tried live plants in with my BP's and it didn't work out well, kept biting stems. I've been thinking of trying it again though.
  7. Theman1Valued MemberMember

    I had some anubias in with the BP when I first got her a year ago and she didnt bother it.

    I was thinking some java moss to kind of fill the space in a bit. The only problem with the java moss is that none of the fish stores carry it. Maybe ill try getting it online. Or maybe I will get some more rocks and make more caves and go higher like you said. I should probably glue them with aquarium sealant though. I sometimes get really freaked out thinking about a rock falling and smashing the glass.
  8. dgmirageValued MemberMember

    where did you get those rocks?
  9. MamajinWell Known MemberMember

    I think the sand and the rockwork look fantastic, but the background makes the tank look very dark and foreboding due to the lack of any other color besides brown and black. It just doesn't look "happy"... can't think of a better descriptive lol. Id change up the background to something with a bit more greenery to make the fish, sand, and rockwork pop.
  10. Theman1Valued MemberMember

    I got the rocks from the river by my house. The susquehanna river to be exact.
  11. 77ImpalaWell Known MemberMember

    I have pool filter sand in my ADF tank and love it. You layout looks good. I am not one for black or single solid color back ground. I like more picture view. Shalescape to me would look great on your set up for a background.
  12. Theman1Valued MemberMember

    Thank you! Ya it is pretty dark. I plan on getting better lighting. The light I have on it I had hanging around. I was trying to go with a more natural look. But it does look sort of depressing.

    I really would like to do some easy low light plants. I feel like that would brighten up the tank. Are there any plants that would do well in pool filter sand?
  13. MamajinWell Known MemberMember

    Moss. Moss would do well because you can attach them to rocks and other ornaments in the tank. There's a ton of different types of moss and you can do a lot with them. Google for videos on how to make a moss wall and how to attach moss to things like rock or driftwood.
  14. Theman1Valued MemberMember

    Thano you! I'll definitely look at them.
  15. JaxxosunaValued MemberMember

    Wow that's nice !

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