pool filter sand - The Planted Tank Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-23-2011, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
littlebittyfish's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: florida
Posts: 62
pool filter sand

I plan on changing the sand substrate in my tanks eventually..I am thinking pool filter sand may be the way to go...
The sand I have now is very fine. I have corys and they enjoy kicking it up all over the place..haha
It is starting to make everything in my tank look "dusty"....The dust is settling on my moss an my other plants.By mid week my tank looks quite antiqued.

Does anyone have any brand recommendations?grain sizes?
Also.
..Does anyone know if pool filter sand will be okay for corydoras?
If you think pool filter sand might not be the way to go do you have any other recommendations? I am sort of on a budget at the moment unfortunately...
littlebittyfish is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-23-2011, 02:44 PM
Algae Grower
 
BobR's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 26
I just bought some pool filter sand to convert my substrate and the tank to planted all at the same time. I like the grain size and color of it. The grain size seems a little larger than play sand. I bought it at Leslie's Pool Supplies for around 9.00 for a 50lb. bag. You and I will need root tabs since the PFS is inert and lacks nutrients. I solved that issue by purchasing Pfertz root tabs. From what I understand, PFS varies by region, so I don't know what you will get in Florida. I am a newbie, so I wouldn't take my advise to the bank, but I do countless hours of research in forums (just ask my wife), so I feel like I am making an education decision based on the look I want and amount of maintenance I am willing to provide.
BobR is offline  
post #3 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-23-2011, 02:47 PM
Algae Grower
 
BobR's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Posts: 26
At first I was considering Turface Pro League, but the only color I was interested in was Natural, which seems all but impossible to find in my area. I feel like I made a great decision with the PFS, and I can't wait to see the results (next week). I'm converting from blue gravel and artificial plants, so the change will be drastic! Now that I think about it, I probably should get some before and afters!
BobR is offline  
 
post #4 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-23-2011, 09:44 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
discuspaul's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Posts: 3,413
I use white silica PFS and love it. No mess, no cloudiness or dustiness, easy to keep clean, makes plants and fish colors really pop. And Cories love it too. Any pool supply store for around $10./50 lbs.
discuspaul is offline  
post #5 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-23-2011, 10:15 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
littlebittyfish's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: florida
Posts: 62
Thanks! has anyone used "Quikrete" pool filter sand or "crystal sand". I believe those are the two my local home depot carry...
I am really looking forward to getting rid of the powdery sand...haha

littlebittyfish is offline  
post #6 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-24-2011, 02:39 AM
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (7/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: ventura
Posts: 210
I went with Leslies brand also. Cheap, looks great and it was easy to clean.
larams67 is offline  
post #7 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-25-2011, 12:07 AM
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Boston, MA
Posts: 59
Quote:
Originally Posted by BobR View Post
I just bought some pool filter sand to convert my substrate and the tank to planted all at the same time. I like the grain size and color of it. The grain size seems a little larger than play sand. I bought it at Leslie's Pool Supplies for around 9.00 for a 50lb. bag. You and I will need root tabs since the PFS is inert and lacks nutrients. I solved that issue by purchasing Pfertz root tabs. From what I understand, PFS varies by region, so I don't know what you will get in Florida. I am a newbie, so I wouldn't take my advise to the bank, but I do countless hours of research in forums (just ask my wife), so I feel like I am making an education decision based on the look I want and amount of maintenance I am willing to provide.
Something you should be aware of...I put seachem root tabs in my "high desert earth sand" (very bright white like pool filter sand)...it TURNS THE SAND BLACK. If you don't stir up the sand ever it may stay at the bottom, but once you stir it up theres no turning back and you can see the black on the surface of the sand.
I put one tab in the sand in my 125g and if you look from underneath the tank, almost an entire 1/3 of the tank's sand has turned black.
Buc_Nasty is offline  
post #8 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-25-2011, 12:12 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
psalm18.2's Avatar
 
PTrader: (7/100%)
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: NH
Posts: 1,781
Quote:
Originally Posted by littlebittyfish View Post
Thanks! has anyone used "Quikrete" pool filter sand or "crystal sand". I believe those are the two my local home depot carry...
I am really looking forward to getting rid of the powdery sand...haha

Don't use quickrite. I just did and my tank is cloudy and looks awful! I personally love Estes Aquarium sand. Easy to use and NO cloudiness.
psalm18.2 is offline  
post #9 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-15-2011, 04:39 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
Hilde's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Mableton, GA
Posts: 6,262
Well did you replace the substrate with pool filter sand?

I tried it and after a month I had a lot of mulm, which I had a problem vacuuming up. Added some river sand. After a year top get thick and gunky. I got a 50lb bag for $3 at landscaper co.

Many keep it looking white by removing some and then adding more via a cup or sock.
Hilde is offline  
post #10 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-16-2011, 05:18 PM
Algae Grower
 
Jericho199's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Colorado
Posts: 126
I use Aquaquartz in my tank and all my cories have done great with healthy barbles.
Jericho199 is offline  
post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-16-2011, 05:31 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
Hilde's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Mableton, GA
Posts: 6,262
In addition many here use the black blasting sand with cory's and don't have problems.
Hilde is offline  
post #12 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-16-2011, 08:09 PM
Planted Member
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Modesto,ca
Posts: 240
I have had pfs in my tank for 9 months now. Stick some root tabs in it and the plants grow great. Its not dusty and if you have mts it won't compact. The only bad thing about is it's impossible to keep looking nice and clean.
jl209 is offline  
post #13 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-28-2011, 06:05 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
littlebittyfish's Avatar
 
PTrader: (1/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: florida
Posts: 62
I recently filled my 55 gallon with petco sand...I seriously had to rinse the stuff for an hour and a half before it even was close to being clean. My yard was flooded! haha.I finally got around to switching my 10 gallon tank over to poolfilter sand this morning..I went with the leslies poolfilter sand.So far I love it!


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
littlebittyfish is offline  
post #14 of 18 (permalink) Old 10-28-2011, 09:31 PM
Planted Tank Guru
 
discuspaul's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Posts: 3,413
Quote:
Originally Posted by jl209 View Post
I have had pfs in my tank for 9 months now. Stick some root tabs in it and the plants grow great. Its not dusty and if you have mts it won't compact. The only bad thing about is it's impossible to keep looking nice and clean.
Yes, it does dirty up over time, as well as occasionally picking up a fine film of algae.

The way I deal with this effectively is to stir it up well with a large plastic 'fork-type' utensil, each time I do a wc - at least I do all the open areas of sand (I do 2 X weekly wcs in my planted discus tank).
Then, once every 4 months or so, siphon out the top layer of your sand (estimated - 10% to 15% or so), and replace this with new sand.

Here's what you can keep it looking like: Pics were taken recently, after the tank had been set up for over 1.5 years, and I removed some and added new sand only twice, at intervals during that time. Takes less than 1/2 hour.

http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/...spaul/Sept2011
discuspaul is offline  
post #15 of 18 (permalink) Old 11-06-2011, 01:10 AM
Algae Grower
 
KookScape's Avatar
 
PTrader: (5/100%)
Join Date: Oct 2011
Location: Oceanside, CA
Posts: 124
Just capped my new tank with some PFS and i LOVE it so far... Looks great if you smooth it out!
KookScape 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