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sand substrate

Posted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 7:26 pm
by daveritchey
ive never used sand substrate, i could use some advice on what to look for and what to avoid. i want to make sure i get the right type of sand so i can avoid any future teardown headaches.

Re: sand substrate

Posted: Mon Jun 02, 2014 8:02 pm
by deeda
You can use pool filter sand which is available at most any pool supply store. Also depending on where you live, you can also use 'sand' that is used for pool plaster finishes. I'm currently using Estes PermaColor Quartz Trowel-Rite grade in my tanks and I'm very pleased with it.

Re: sand substrate

Posted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 4:54 am
by daveritchey
i spoke with litehouse and they informed me that the pool sand was silica sand, is there a specific type of sand i should look for or is silica sand acceptable?

Re: sand substrate

Posted: Tue Jun 03, 2014 9:25 am
by deeda
That sand is fine to use, I have it in 2 of my tanks though I don't care for the tan color of it.

Are you looking for a sand that is other than tan or white? If you are in the Cleveland area, PM me for the name of the company that I buy my colored sand from.

Re: sand substrate

Posted: Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:51 am
by daveritchey
we are practically neighbours! im down here in the akron area. ty for your advice i picked up some quartz sand from classic pools, just a light colored brown sand, im thinking ill add a few geophagus to the tank.never kept the species before and am looking forward to watching them play in the sand.i figure they would help me work the sand and keep it churned up.