how do you keep white sand looking good? - The Planted Tank Forum
 5Likes
  • 4 Post By houseofcards
  • 2 Post By sevendust111
  • 4 Post By PlantedRich
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-22-2018, 01:10 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
aubie98's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Nashville, TN
Posts: 709
how do you keep white sand looking good?

The sand in my 9 gallon is starting to look pretty bad, with some algae growing in the sand in the first 1 of sand. It's most noticeable when looking at the part right up next to the glass, dirty sand on top, pristine on the bottom.

Any options for addressing this?
aubie98 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-22-2018, 01:44 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
PTrader: (73/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: New York
Posts: 5,942
Quote:
Originally Posted by aubie98 View Post
The sand in my 9 gallon is starting to look pretty bad, with some algae growing in the sand in the first 1 of sand. It's most noticeable when looking at the part right up next to the glass, dirty sand on top, pristine on the bottom.

Any options for addressing this?
If it's the really white stuff, it's never going to stay competely white. Even if no algae grows, you'll have bacteria growing on the top layers which won't be white. Your best bet is to vacuum some out from time to time and just gently pour some more on top.
houseofcards is offline  
post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-22-2018, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
aubie98's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Nashville, TN
Posts: 709
Quote:
Originally Posted by houseofcards View Post
If it's the really white stuff, it's never going to stay competely white. Even if no algae grows, you'll have bacteria growing on the top layers which won't be white. Your best bet is to vacuum some out from time to time and just gently pour some more on top.
Yeah, that's what I figured. I don't mind so much that the top of the sand has gotten a tannish appearance to it, it's the black/green discolorization against the glass that's ruining the aesthetics.

Looks like the tank cleaning's going to be a little more involved tomorrow.
aubie98 is offline  
 
post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-02-2018, 11:53 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
sevendust111's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2014
Location: USA
Posts: 566
Quote:
Originally Posted by houseofcards View Post
Quote:
Originally Posted by aubie98 View Post
The sand in my 9 gallon is starting to look pretty bad, with some algae growing in the sand in the first 1 of sand. It's most noticeable when looking at the part right up next to the glass, dirty sand on top, pristine on the bottom.

Any options for addressing this?
If it's the really white stuff, it's never going to stay competely white. Even if no algae grows, you'll have bacteria growing on the top layers which won't be white. Your best bet is to vacuum some out from time to time and just gently pour some more on top.
I rarely have time to sign in to this forum these days let alone post, but I had to sign in just to chime in with how good this advice is. I do this once a month. You only need a small amount and it works like a charm.

I hate the green algae along the sand glass line too. Pull the sand away from the glass so you can get under the line. Be careful not to pick up any sand whether you using a razor blade, credit card, or brush or you'll risk scratching the tank. I like to use an extra soft tooth brush for this kind of stuff.
discuspaul and discuspaul like this.
sevendust111 is offline  
post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-03-2018, 12:34 AM
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Euclid, OH
Posts: 40
Can I be a smarty pants ...

Don't put fish or plants in your tank ...lol +

You will remain the same until the pain of remaining the same is greater than the pain of change. -- Attributed to many.

Making a difference in aquariums ... One aquarium at a time ... may be mine may be yours who knows?

Last edited by ecoaqaurist; 04-03-2018 at 12:35 AM. Reason: edit
ecoaqaurist is offline  
post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-03-2018, 12:50 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
PlantedRich's Avatar
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: United States
Posts: 11,879
Quote:
Originally Posted by ecoaqaurist View Post
Can I be a smarty pants ...

Don't put fish or plants in your tank ...lol +
Kind of along the same line? There is also the idea of just plain cheating by adding a strip of something along the front to cover the bad part! Depends on what the tank situation but adding a strip of wood with the same color as the stand can blend in so that it looks normal and hides the dirty.
PlantedRich is offline  
post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-04-2018, 11:48 PM
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Orlando, FL
Posts: 86
My sand is whiter than I'd like (pool filter sand) and I'm looking for some that is more tan that doesn't cost freaking 20 bucks a bag (caribsea)...plus I like the weight and coarseness of pfs.... One thing that helps is to try to keep a lower level in the very front so that it slopes back (and you won't see a big cross-section of sand). If you just turn over the sand with a vac you don't need to take it out or replace it...using the vac helps exchange the clean lower sand with the top layer...I figure having the "dirty" sand underneath might be a good thing for building nutrients in the sand, not sure.

Where I have trouble is around some of my plants where I don't want to disturb the sand and their roots that much. Once they fill in the whole area that solves the issue, you can only see plants Which also solves the "sand is too white" issue...replace it with green!
Stokely is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome