Bottom-dwelling fish like soft, sandy aquarium substrate.

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I use Quikrete Play Sand which is available in Canada from Home Depot and Lowe's [maybe other places too, haven't looked]. It is safe. One of our members even contacted the company about using it in an aquarium and the reply left no doubt about the purity of this product. I have it in five of my tanks.
How to pick the best saltwater aquarium sand: decisions, decisions, decisions.
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Here is the sand that i used, the bag said that it was pre washed and strained. Now it might have been but just because it says its pre-washed and everything doesn't mean its ready for your aquarium. Sand, in a saltwater aquarium, can provide one or more of the following functions:
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I absolutely love sand in my aquarium. I started off with gravel but within a couple of years migrated across to sand and now would never go back to gravel. Many fish actually prefer sand, some fish actually require it for natural spawning behaviour.Before putting sand into your aquarium it's recommended that you give it a good clean. You clean sand in very much the same way as you would gravel. Using a reasonably large bucket, pour some sand into the bucket, don't put too much in, probably a quarter of a bucket full of sand would be okay. Then add water and start swilling the sand around. After two or three minutes carefully tip the water out of the bucket and if need repeat the process until the water runs reasonably clean. You're never going to get the sand totally spotless, you just want to remove the worst of the dust.Many of the lakes in Africa are all sand so it would make sense to use sand if you're keeping these type of fish. I think fish find sand easier to move around and it may actually reduce the risk of injury to their mouths as well. Some fish such as Jurupari, also known as Eartheaters sift the substrate, probably looking for tasty morsels, you can actually see the sand falling back through their gills, I think they would have a pretty hard time doing the same with gravel. There are quite a few readily available sands that people use in their aquariums. The most common are probably play sand, this is often sold in most building and hardware stores, it's typically used for sandboxes and in the building trade. You also have Silica, also sold as blasting sand. There is also sand that is known as Black Beauty. This is actually iron slag and not sand, but people still use it quite often in their aquariums. Then you have Coral Sand, this is mainly sold in fish stores. Black Tahitian Moon Sand is also available fish stores.Many people ask whether it's possible to change from gravel to stand, or vice versa. There's no need to strip the whole tank down if you want to change the substrate. It is however rather time-consuming, especially if you have a large aquarium. Simply remove all the substrate and then just replace it with the new substrate. However, put it in carefully and make sure that you switch your filters off if you are replacing the gravel with sand as you don't want it damaging the impeller which drives the filters and pumps. Having said that, good quality filters should be able to handle a little sand getting inside. It's also a lot easier to carry out this procedure if you remove half of the water from the aquarium.I would recommend you have between 1 and 1½ inches of sand in your aquarium. If you are adding sand to your aquarium with no fish than just pour the sand in and level it off once you're done. If you are swapping from gravel to sand then it's just a case of removing the gravel before you add the sand. The fish will be okay as long as you take it easy, however, if you want to remove them whilst you carry out the process of removing the gravel then this will obviously mean you can work a little faster and will not need to worry about knocking them around accidentally. If you have got a good biological filter then you shouldn't have any problems replacing the gravel with sand. However, your gravel will actually hold some beneficial bacteria so if you haven't got a particularly large filtration system you may want to take some of your existing seeded gravel and put it in a media sack, or even some pantyhose and place it near the filter intake. It doesn't have to stay there very long, maybe a week or two, your biological filter should catch up perfectly okay.Many people who are fish owners use a certain type of substrate in their tanks, which is the material which lines the bottom. Substrate can be rocks, gravel, sand, and other things too. Well, today we are here to find out everything there is to know about sand as substrate for your fish tank but what is the best aquarium sand to use? let’s find out.