Substrate Types Question

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by remy113, Apr 17, 2018.

  1. remy113Valued MemberMember

    Hey guys me again with another question about my 30g tank. I’m think of changing to a theme and pulling the fake rock out. Now I am thinking of doing a kinda beachish theme with a couple pieces of drift wood in the corners with maybe java moss and have fern in the tank (want to attempt plants). So right now I have cheap fake pebbles in there thou I want to empty. What do you guys use for substrate? And how do you clean your substrate?
  2. RedLoredAmazonWell Known MemberMember

    If you are going for a beach look, I recommend getting pool filter sand for you tank. I have it in my 2 tanks and it looks nice. I just swirl the siphon above the sand and the debris only goes into the siphon.
  3. remy113Valued MemberMember

    Hmm I’ll have to look to see if I can buy some local maybe that would work. And curious to know what everybody uses. Also if I go with sand should I ad it slowly to avoid it getting all cloudy in the water?
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2018
  4. RedLoredAmazonWell Known MemberMember

    I got mine at a pool store. The guys there said they sell more pool filter sand for fish rather than for pools! :) Lowe's sells pool filter sand too. Just don't buy the sand that says it has been treated with clorox bleach; I used Quikrete brand pool filter sand for my smaller tank.
  5. LowieTheLoachValued MemberMember

    I use play sand in a few of my tanks. I thoroughly rinsed it in dechlorinated water several times before adding to the tank. I would imagine rinsing would be helpful with pool filter sand as well. It was still a little cloudy for about a day, but it could have been worse.
  6. remy113Valued MemberMember

    I don’t have a store like Lowe’s... Walmart and one mom and pop hardware store lol maybe I’ll order it off amazon
  7. sassymommaWell Known MemberMember

    Are you In Canada? Canadian Tire and Home Hardware carry pool filter sand. I buy mine at Canadian Tire
  8. remy113Valued MemberMember

    Hahah no but close thou lol border in 1800 feet from my house to cross into stanstead Quebec. I’m pretty sure the my local hardware store pick and shovel carry’s pool sand I’ll check there

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