2020-7-2 Know Your Sand. There are a lot of different types of sand available so the first thing you need to do is check what you have. The type of sand you have will alter how you have to clean it. We will cover this in more detail as you read on but there are two types of sand that you need to know about.
Measure the sand required into a bucket. You want enough to create a layer 2 or 3 inches deep in your aquarium, more if you plan to keep deep-rooted plants or burrowing creatures. If the amount of sand you intend to clean fills more than a third of the bucket, wash it in stages.
No matter what sand you choose, you're going to have to prepare it to be used in the aquarium. Below are the steps to properly prepare your sand. Weigh or measure out how much sand you'll need. I've always gone for around a pound of sand per gallon of water, or a consistent inch depth of sand. Rinse/clean your sand. This is the single most ...
2020-7-5 Many freshwater fish nose or sift through their sand to look for food, or they like to dig into it or makes “nests” as part of their natural behavior – for example goldfish, certain cichlids and loaches, or bronze corydoras as well as many others. These species will appreciate a sandy bottom as they can create piles and slopes that aren’t possible with even the lightest gravel.
Sand. Despite the many benefits of gravel, sand work very well in certain setups. If you have species that like to burrow or sift through the substrate, aquarium gravel can make life difficult for them. For example, certain small cichlids and loaches love to burrow. In the absence of burrowing fish, sand can lead to anaerobic dead zones.
2020-6-22 Below my recommendation for weak mud/suction bells, with which you can clean your aquarium sand. The use of the dust/suction bell does not deviate from this. You try to penetrate relatively deep into the lower layers of sand to suck away the yellow and green spots and other dirt.
If you really want to use beach sand in an aquarium, these are the steps (remember - PATIENCE!): 1. Rinse the sand several times first. Leave it to soak overnight. 2. Change the water again the next day, leave to soak. You can give it a quick swirl to help the salt dissolve in the water. Change again the next day, leave to soak.
2017-12-9 Some of my most fondest memories are of our scavenger hunt trips some 40 years ago. My 9 year old son and I drove over an hour north today to a favorite stream we spend lots of time at in the summer as he is setting up another guppy tank and wants it to be a stream biotope. He had to have sand and rocks from this particular stream.