What are your thoughts on using white sand in a goldfish aquarium?
Goldfish like to sift through the substrate so sand will be fine. It will collect all the poop on top though, and might like unsightly
Make sure it's quite fine just in case they do ingest it; then they can pass it safely. Also, use as little as possible, just enogugh to cover the bottom.
White sand would look great on the bottom of a goldfish tank. Like the other members suggested, just make sure it's only a thin layer.
Would 50 lbs be a thin layer or would I need 75 lbs? Why does ot need to be a thin layer?
I was also a bit concerned about the poo, but my husband really likes the idea of white so I giess i will just have to step up my game on cleaning or convince him to get black sand.
My 60 has 50lbs of pool filter sand in it. The biggest thing I noticed right away is you see *everything* after a couple months what poo you miss vacuuming gets mixed in and long story short, the sand looks a little more natural instead of one shade. I have loaches though so they need deeper because they dig. The thing you have to worry about with sand is compacting and then you get gas bubbles in the sand that could poison the fish. If you have snails or something they will help stir the sand up. Every time I vacume I run my fingers through it to mess it up and break everything up.
I'm not so sure about lbs, but on the bags it should have liters. Soo...do LxWx height of substrate (an inch or so would be fine) and then divide by 60 to get how many liters you would need
As for the thin layer, you could always run the risk of having anaerobic pockets and getting food and poop lost in the substrate it your Goldie's shuffle everything around all the time in a deeper sandbed
Edit: beat by @2211Nighthawk
My tank is 44"x18" and about an inch and a half deep with a 50 lbs bag. What are your dimentions? I don't remember offthe top of my head the foot print they have.
I wouldn't do white with goldfish. White sand shows every single little speck of dirt/waste. Goldfish are big waste producers and your sand will look very dirty all the time. If it was me, I would do a natural brownish sand if you do sand at all. Just from the visual standpoint more than anything else.
I'd have to agree with Alliesten, you'll soon get fed up of seeing every speck of dirt. Another downside to white sand in my experience is that it will eventually go green/brown with algae no matter what you try to do to stop it. I'd suggest going with a more natural coloured sand
I wouldn't do white sand either , I have natural/brown looking sand and you can still see alot of the dirt/poop I can only imagine white..
I have black sand in my betta tank and it makes it very easy to see fish waste and dead plant matter. I actually prefer this so that I am able to take out waste when I see it. I guess it is personal preference though.
I think with any kind of sand your gonna see stuff because it dosen't settle between the grains like gravel. I like sand because I have loaches and makes it easy to vacume *because* everything sits on top.
This is my scarlet badis tank. They are smaller so they're poop is smaller than a goldfish but unless there is a bunch in one spot, I hardly see it.
When I had black gravel in this tank (a mistake I will not be repeating), i could see poop more.
black is what i use as well.
I have a few tanks with black sand imo it hides alot.
White sand would look elegant but it requires lots of good maintenance.
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