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twychopen 01-24-2009 05:46 PM

Keeping algae off of white decorative sand
How do you keep algae off of the white sand that is used for decorating...such as pathways through mountains? I had a tank previously that had white sand and had algae all over it. I am trying to avoid that this time round.

MikeP_123 01-24-2009 06:13 PM

Thats a good question, Im having the same problem =]

One solution is to get foriging fish that will stir up the sand. But since I am breeding rams that is out of the question for me, but you might give it a try.

imeridian 01-24-2009 06:19 PM

Siphon off the sand periodically. You can also rest assured that the sand is new in any photos for competition.

Blown 346 01-24-2009 10:59 PM

I agree^^^. Or just stir the sand up weekly with your hand gently.

twychopen 01-25-2009 03:46 AM

Do algae eaters tend to spend time cleaning the sand?

MikeP_123 01-25-2009 11:12 PM

I have 2 small otos and they try to keep the sand clean but the algea spreads so quick and thick, Im just going to siphon. Any tips on how to put new sand in an already filled tank?

plantbrain 01-25-2009 11:44 PM

I just move the sand around every week or two some.
If you design complex layouts with it, well....then that's your own fault to try and maintain something that is difficult to tend without making a mess etc.

Here's how you avoid some issues:
Add moss stones etc in there for now, or rocks that block all the light, this way not much can grow under that. Then remove and get the picture etc, add the sand at the last minute, or as some have stated: siphon it off and add fresh.

If you have low glass algae, you should also have low sand algae also.

Tom Barr

Blown 346 01-26-2009 02:17 AM

To add new sand you dont want to add it all at once. By doing so you will smother bacteria and can casue a cycle.

Add in small batches, do a quarter of the tank once a week. Then another wuarter the next week. It should take 4 weeks to add a new layer of sand in the whole tank.

imeridian 01-26-2009 02:21 AM

In terms of how you do it, put the sand into a ziplock bag, seal it mostly except for one end so it is like a pastry bag, you can then pour the sand out carefully underwater.

twychopen 01-26-2009 04:33 AM

It is sounding less cool to try every post :( Thanks for all the help everybody. We will c what happens.

I wanted to put it inbetween the rocks in the opening on the left. Here is my new tank and journal.

customdrumfinishes 01-27-2009 04:03 PM

i use a meauring cup with sand in it. slowly put the cup into water thens slowly pour where i need it.

waterfaller1 01-27-2009 05:18 PM

I never get algae on my sand..plants yes, sand no..:)
I have had it in several tanks..

twychopen 01-27-2009 05:53 PM

waterfaller, any idea of y not?

waterfaller1 01-27-2009 07:53 PM


Originally Posted by twychopen (Post 773852)
waterfaller, any idea of y not?

Do you know what kind of algae it was? It wasn't just at the edge of the glass? Or BGA? The glass can easily be cleaned, and BGA I have only gotten once or twice, but I quickly remedied the situation. I am pretty much a "go after the source of the problem" kind of person. If I did get algae on my sand, it wouldn't stay there for long.

twychopen 01-27-2009 11:11 PM

No, it just covered the sand. I just think that I will have too much light to have white sand in my new tank.

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