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Piaelliott said:Just coming back from a rainy weekend at Lake Michigan wondering if the sand would work in an aquarium. I like how it is more beige than white when wet.
Also, does anybody know if driftwood from the lake would be okay too?
If the sand is not directly from the lake but a bit farther away (dunes), what could be in it? I looked at it closely and it was rather beautiful, nothing visible in it. I had looked at playsand before and it looked dirty. Where does playsand even come from? I assume it comes from the outside as well.Goldiemom said:I was scolded before for using driftwood from a lake. However, it never did hurt my fish or tank. I have a piece soaking right now from Douglas Lake in Tennessee. I boil it also. The sand concerns me a little more because you never know what may be in it and not sure how to treat the sand. Anyone else have experience with sand?
You can destroy the impurities in the wood by boiling it, or allow them to break down in your tank water...which do you prefer?Piaelliott said:If the sand is not directly from the lake but a bit farther away (dunes), what could be in it? I looked at it closely and it was rather beautiful, nothing visible in it. I had looked at playsand before and it looked dirty. Where does playsand even come from? I assume it comes from the outside as well.
I am not being confrontational, just trying to figure things out.
As for boiling wood, I read that boiling destroys the structure of the wood and it will disintegrate faster.
Sounds perfect. Good luckchromedome52 said:The sand in a bag of play sand probably came from the shores of Lake Michigan. We have several large dune areas on the eastern shore, and one of the largest shippers of bagged sand. It is often used as blasting sand, because it is so fine. BTW, it is illegal to take sand from the dunes/shoreline areas without a permit in the state of Michigan; be careful in the future.
I would give it a normal washing, which is rinse, rinse, rinse until it starts to come clear, then rinse again. If you use hot water, organics will come out and float away. Last rinse is cold. I put it in the tank at that point, then fill the tank with water. Use a shallow bowl or a plate to keep the water from stirring the substrate, you will have little or no clouding that way.