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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 06-02-2012, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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Post your Pool Filter Sand tanks!

I searched for one, but only would really find a thread for Black Beauty.

So here it is!

Our very own PFS thread to show off our tanks! Also to help inquiring minds make the jump to PFS.

Some fast facts about Pool Filter Sand(PFS):
Pros- Cost, Appearance, Uniform Size, Availability
Cons- Inert, No CEC, May Require Root Tabs, Discolors over time
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Here is my tank in progress(Actually just got new plants last night.. still trying to decide on a good scape. Will post more, as I change/prune my tank.


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i love the nice clean look of PFS!! here is mine. it crashed though :'(


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Love this stuff

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Here's some quartz-based white silica PFS in my discus tank:
http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/...spaul/Sept2011

I'm currently doing a major re-scape though, and will have some new pics to show in a couple of weeks' time - a significant change in layout/set-up for a fresh new look - different type of scape - but using same PF sand.

P.S. Love your "swords" tank, Gary.
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Well glad to know I am not the only one getting the rescape bug! mine is going to get a significant overhaul, more depth hardscape and going to have more plant variety! not to mention the new stand I am building and upping the Sump!

That aside, thank you Paul and I still think your tanks are some of the most gorgeous tanks! everything is so pristine looking even the lighting!

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Just one of my several tanks with PFS

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Well glad to know I am not the only one getting the rescape bug! mine is going to get a significant overhaul, more depth hardscape and going to have more plant variety! not to mention the new stand I am building and upping the Sump!

That aside, thank you Paul and I still think your tanks are some of the most gorgeous tanks! everything is so pristine looking even the lighting!

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Thanks Gary,
I'm hoping the re-scape will look better - at least different - but I won't ever give up on the white PFS.
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Difficult to photograph a 35 hex.
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Updated look.


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Your tanks look awesome! Maybe this is a discussion for another thread but although I love the look I had a brown diatom algea outbreak when I tried using it that wouldn't let up even after a year due to the silica content I'm guessing. I broke it down and went to Eco complete. Never had brown algea since. Anyone run in to this issue?

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Heres my 120g for now. Very empty



my question is how are you guys getting plants to stay put before they get rooted? im having lots of trouble and lost all of my stems. my small swords seemed to have taken root though.
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What are the rest of the pros and cons of white pool filter sand by the way?

I'm thinking of breaking down my tank and replacing my black flourite sand with MTS topped with white sand after seeing this tank by Tom Barr

But I have some misgivings about doing that as well, as for one thing with my preference for a low-maintenance jungle tank arrangement I don't have good access to clean the sand for the most part without causing havoc. My black sand stays perfectly clean enough looking, but I'm worried it might not be the same with white sand?

I'm worried about the stains/algae you get along the front pane below the top of the substrate, which aren't visible with my black sand, but certainly would be with white.

Therefore I was thinking of either painting a black band on the inside or outside around the bottom of the tank to hide that, but wasn't sure if the black band would look strange with a white substrate. I could possibly do a white band instead if that might clash less?

Another alternative would be to mix up a batch of liquid epoxy or even silicon with pool filter sand and apply a layer of that around the bottom edges of the tank to create in impermeable layer which might match?

But then I don't want endless diatom blooms if pool filter sand is constantly releasing silica.
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Here is an old one of mine




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You guys have some awesome sand tanks. I am interested in a 70/30 or 80/20 pfs with either flourite, eco or AS combo. Besides root tabs I have been curious on how to pull this off. Is it more or less certain plants that fair well in sand or can pretty much anything be planted in sand .
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Here's my 55 gallon with PFS. The picture is a few weeks old, the aquarium looks a little different today. Mostly stuff has just grown more, though I have moved some penneywort to the middle and moved the wisteria over to just left of center.
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