Sand for Discus tank

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Keetchy
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Sand for Discus tank

Post by Keetchy » Tue Oct 06, 2009 9:36 am

Hi all. Im new to this site. Im looking forward to finding out some tips and advice on keeping my discus.
My first question is to do with the sand i put in my tank. I used Eco complete black substrate before and was happy with that but this time i want to use white sand. I am painting the back of the tank black and thought white sand would look really nice in it.

Can anyone tell us which would be the best sand to get for the discus and where the best place to get it is. Is Marine sand ok to use in a discus tank?

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Sand for Discus tank

Post by Klaus Steinhaus » Tue Oct 06, 2009 1:23 pm

I prefer white silica sand for my tanks.

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Re: Sand for Discus tank

Post by Keetchy » Tue Oct 06, 2009 3:08 pm

Yeah thats the colour im after.
Where can i get that from dude?

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Re: Sand for Discus tank

Post by Klaus Steinhaus » Tue Oct 06, 2009 6:23 pm

DUDE??????????

You can get it at construction outlets.

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Re: Sand for Discus tank

Post by Gordon C. Snelling » Thu Oct 08, 2009 7:17 am

I use 20 grit silica sand.

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Post by Lisachromis » Thu Oct 08, 2009 10:28 am

I use Lake Erie sand actually (REALLY well washed). It's a pale brown colour with a few darker bits in it. The fish love it!

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Re: Sand for Discus tank

Post by Keetchy » Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:22 am

Cheers for the replies guys.
Someone told us that i shouldn't use silica sand if i've got a planted tank. I want to stick plants in there too so does this mean i cant use silica sand?

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Re: Sand for Discus tank

Post by Keetchy » Fri Oct 09, 2009 9:25 am

Klaus Steinhaus wrote:DUDE??????????

You can get it at construction outlets.

So i can walk into a builders merchant and get some silica sand from there? And it will be ok for the fish?

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Re: Sand for Discus tank

Post by DENCIO » Sat Nov 28, 2009 1:21 am

[quote="Klaus Steinhaus"]I prefer white silica sand for my tanks.

are you using silica white sand for marine?
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Re: Sand for Discus tank

Post by PsYcHoTiC_MaDmAn » Sat Nov 28, 2009 10:50 am

Keetchy wrote:Cheers for the replies guys.
Someone told us that i shouldn't use silica sand if i've got a planted tank. I want to stick plants in there too so does this mean i cant use silica sand?
its nonsense, the problem is that its an un-fertilised substrate, so the plants dont really benefit from it (but the same is true of gravel as well)

one of my most successful planted tanks has 1" of potting soil and 1" of silica sand, and the tank is completely full of plants (actually need to weed it out something chronic )
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Re: Sand for Discus tank

Post by Ken Grimmett » Thu Dec 31, 2009 4:57 pm

I us "play sand" , its cheap but you do need to rinse it.
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Re: Sand for Discus tank

Post by Foai » Wed May 05, 2010 3:35 am

You can use gravel for planted part and fine sand for open areas. Also you can use pots for plants and cover them with some coconut,wood,etc...

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Post by Esben » Fri May 07, 2010 4:01 pm

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Re: Sand for Discus tank

Post by faerrleah » Tue Jul 13, 2010 11:59 am

I have kept my Discus in a tank with silica sand substrate for over 2 years and they are very fine.

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