can i use silica sand in my fish tank

Aragonite Sand vs Silica based | Saltwaterfish.com Forums ...

Mar 16, 2007· I used silica sand (allegedy cleaned...blah blah blah) to set up one of my tanks. If I remember correctly I seeded the silica with a couple bags of aragonite based live sand, so the sand bed is approximately 80% silica. I fought (and still fight on occasion) diatom outbreaks much more than my other tank which is %100 aragonite.


The Truth about Sand in a Saltwater Aquarium - Saltwater ...

Belief # 1: Aragonite sand in a saltwater aquarium can have a beneficial effect as a buffer and calcium source. Belief # 2: Sand containing silicate could be disastrous in a saltwater aquarium because it will fuel the growth of problem algae. Well, it turns out that both of those beliefs (which I believe to be broadly held by a lot of aquarists) are wrong.


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Jul 02, 2009· What is your opinion on putting play sand in a reef tank. I've heard that it's not a good idea espicially from fish stores, but I'm also reading that it's ok as long as you wash it. I know I don't want to spen $500.00 on live sand. Any other kind of cheap sand I can use?


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Mar 04, 2005· Help Please. Silica Gel Packet Fell in Tank :eek: I just noticed that the Sorb-It Silica Gel packet from one of my fish food containers was laying at the bottom of one of my fish tanks. Apparently, it got in there when I fed the fish a short while ago. I removed the pack (those things smell...


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Apr 26, 2011· Yes I have 2 50 pound bags of it in my 55 gallon tank. Actually probably a lot less after rinsing as play sand has a good portion of it as very fine sand that you need to rinse away or it can cloud. If you wash it well though it looks nice. A little darker than …


What is the best aquarium sand to go with? | UK Aquatic ...

May 30, 2013· I've bought the non-course Fiji Fine Sand (12.5 kg). I replaced my open-top aquarium with a Juwel Lido 120 with 1000 LPH pump so will be putting the sand, diffuser, plants etc in this ASAP. As I want to stock it with Microgeophagus Ramirezi I'll be …


Silica (silver) sand | AquariaCentral.com

Jun 02, 2004· sorry to ask soo many questions on sand i just don't want to ruin my nice new tank! I have heard that Silica or Silver sand can be used in an aquarium, is this so and would you recommend it? I would use Seachem but being in the UK its hard to get hold of and very expensive! Will...


Silica Sand For Gold Fish Tank | Tropical Fish Forums

Aug 31, 2007· 9,869. Reaction score. 1. Location. Southampton. Aug 30, 2007. #4. I've had fine white silica sand in all of my tanks, both tropical and coldwater tanks, for years now and i have never had a problem with it, my goldfish love it as they love to search through the sand looking for food etc . D.


Silica sand or not in planted tank | Tropical Aquariums SA

Oct 02, 2016· I used silica sand for my 1.5m tank, for the exact same reason as you. was going to use fluorite but too expensive. The bags I got where i think 25kg for R120 (might be a …


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Jul 18, 2019· I have just got back into this hobby after 30 years. It sure has changed. I like the look of the beach sand. It is quartz. That would b silica. I was told not to use it. But have seen people use play sand in beautiful reef tanks. I'm trying to use common sense. I got my sand on Florida gulf coast. There are sand sifters present there.


What Type Of Sand In Tropical Tank? | Think Fish Tropical ...

Jul 10, 2015· For cheap sand, play sand (inert and safe as it is designed for children to eat ) or pool filter sand.More expensive are the sands designed for aquarium use. I have Unipac silica sand in my betta's tank, this is quite large grained and orangey.


Silica In Your Aquarium - Nualgi Aquarium

Silica In Reef Aquariums. S ilica is a chemical that is feared by many reef keepers. Visions of a reef tank covered with diatoms so thick that you can't see through the glass come to mind. More recently, others have suggested that soluble silica does not, in fact, increase diatom growth in reef tanks. Much of the debate swirls around whether ...


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Jan 11, 2020· The only problem with silica, is that diatom algae love it, and use the silica as a food source. So it can lead to excessive diatom algae growth. Thankfully most algae eating fish/inverts like diatoms, and if it gets bad enough a snail (like nerite) or a group of shrimp should curb it. Diatoms tend to be common in a newer set up aquarium ...


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The color of the sand indicates the chemical composition of its particles. For example, red or yellow color means that this sand can contain a large percentage of iron. For the planted tank iron levels should be from 0.1 to 0.5 ppm (parts per million). Types of Sand for the Aquarium. River Sand (Builder sand)


Causes and Cures for Silica Algae - The Spruce Pets

Sep 12, 2018· Silica/Brown/Gravel algae is a common occurrence in a newly set up aquarium. It is generally caused by too little light, an excess of silicates, an abundance of nutrients, and too little oxygen. Silicates can build up through tap water that is high in silicic acid, and silicates that leech from some types of substrates.


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Sep 01, 2021· Types Of Sand You Can Use In An Aquarium. There are a few different types of sand that you can actually use in your aquarium, and each of them has its benefits and downsides too. Here are the most commonly used aquarium sand types (substrate sands). Pool Filter Sand. Pool sand is a good neutral option to go with.


Gravel vs sand for plecos? | PlecoPlanet

Feb 06, 2011· My self before setting up a tank I read and check all information on the fish I wish to keep / breed and then I go about setting up the tank to fit the needs of the fish. I am lucky in that I can have several tanks but for my main tank in my house I use fine gravel. You also need to think about plants some plants can't grow in sand so a pot ...


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Sep 28, 2018· I am planning a new habitat for my Reeves Turtles and was considering using a sand substrate, but have had several really bad experiences trying to use "aquarium" sand in the past. Experiences that made me tear the tank apart and rebuild without sand each time. Therefore I have been following the discussions here about sand for a while.


Should I Use Sand on My New Fish Tank?

However, it might create excessive algae growth in the tank. Silica Sand This is what we know as pool filter sand. Some people say it stays better on the bottom. This is the one I recommend. Aquarium Sand This is typically silica sand that can be artificially colored. Aquarium sand is just a little thicker than silver sand but it costs a lot more.


Sand in Aquariums: Benefits of Using Sand in Your Fish Tank

Aug 24, 2011· Types of Aquarium Sand. Play Sand: This is the most inexpensive way to give a great natural look to your fish tank. Play sand can be purchased at most hardware stores for as little as $3 a bag. The varying colors and grain sizes make for an attractive substrate. Blasting Sand: Again, this is an inexpensive way to give your tank a natural feel ...


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Apr 26, 2017· Instead of silica sand (which will encourage diatom growth and is VERY light, and easily moved by fish and picked up by filters), you might prefer diatomaceous earth (pool filter sand). It has very similar colors, and (if you are planting your tank) provides nutrients vital …


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Aug 15, 2015· After i get the grain size i want, i give it a very good rinse. I do wash any sand or gravel prior to use. I suppose sand could be contaminated but have never run into such an issue. As unexpected issues can come from lots of places as well as the substrate. I generally throw a few snails and plants in a new tank for a few days before adding fish.


Using silica sand in an aquarium - Freshwater & Saltwater ...

Sep 07, 2007· Sep 05, 2007 #4. T11:42. I use silica sand or pool filter sand in all of my tanks and I would never use anything else. It is natural looking, better on the fish, and easier to clean. The main thing is turning it over every week or combing it weekly to prevent it from creating pockets under it. freshwater06.