Using Pool Filter Sand Aquarium
In this article I would like to explain about pool filter sand aquarium, but before that let me talk about several aquarium substrates that we usually used.
One of the most important part of your aquarium is tank substrate. Not only to cover the tank floor, the good aquarium substrate can give you a benefit likes, help you to filter the water. There are some different kinds of substrates that available on the market, they are; gravel. Gravel is one of the most popular substrate to cover your tank’s bottom. Gravel is easy to find, easy to clean, and easy to remove from the tank if you want to wash them. Gravel will help the growth of certain bacteria that valuable for your aquarium but it does not have any specific nutrients that can support the live of aquarium plants. The next substrate is vermiculate. Vermiculate is a substrate that consists of magnesium, iron, and aluminum. Unlike gravel, vermiculate is a kind of substrate that can release some nutrients which valuable for water plants. Vermiculate will release nutrients for a long time that will makes you does not need to fertilize water plants often. You can use this substrate as the bottom layer in your tank, then use gravel as a cover. Next substrate is laterite, laterite is reddish porous clay that can be used as substrate in freshwater tank. Like vermiculate, this substrate can release some nutrients for water plants and the best way to use it is as the bottom layer of the tank. The last substrate is sand. There are two major kinds of sands, they are sea sand and freshwater sand. It is not recommended to purchase sea sand in your freshwater tank, vice versa. The advantage of using sand is most of the fish habitat have sand for its surface, this will makes natural atmosphere that very valuable for breeding. And also there are some fish species that only can breed in the sand. There are some type of sands that commonly used now for aquarium, they are; play sand. Play sand is the most common sand that used. It contains clay that can makes your tank muddy. Play sand can easily dirty by fish dropping or moss, so you have to clean it regularly. Black beauty is another substrate that can easily found in the store. Black beauty is not a sand but an iron slag. This substrate is little bit sharp, so it is not recomended for soft scale fish or fish that spend a lot of time in the sand surface. Coral sand is a white and lighter than black beauty substrate. Coral sand is used if you want to stabilized water PH and improving buffer capacity. Aragonite is a substrate that available in several sizes and colours. Its ability in buffering is similar to coral sand but the price of this substrate is quite expensive. Another expensive substrate is black tahitian moon sand. Black tahitian moon sand can enhance your fish colour by contrasting the fish colour with black sand. The last kind of sands is pool filter sand aquarium or also known as silica sand. Pool filter sand is coarser than regular play sand but it is a lot of better than ordinary sand or gravel. Pool filter sand also considered as the best sand for your aquarium because it has the ability to sink fast and with no mess at all. This sand is very suitable for very active fish and fish that like to spend their time on the sand surface. Pool filter sand aquarium is also inert so it will not affect your tank chemistry. You also can mix pool sand with aragonite to buffer PH amount and increase hardness slightly. Since the size and the colour of this two substrate almost similar, it won’t look that they are mixed.
Before purchase substrate for your aquarium tank you have to consider several things like, some fish are too shy and could be threatened or stressed by the colourful substrate. If you raise this kind of fish change your colourful substrate with darker substrate. You can mix some substrate to gain maximum advantage. By combining pool sand and aragonite you can boost PH amount, by using vermiculate which contain valuable nutrients and gravel as the cover you can apply beautiful water plants for your aquarium. Always aware the important matter about mineral content in your substrate, some minerals can affect the water chemistry. As a maintenance, vacuum your tank every two or four weeks. Move aquarium accessories, decor, and stones before vacuum the water. It is recommended to move your fish to prevent them from stress. At last, choosing the right substrate for your aquarium is like choosing the right home for your fish. It is not only for the sake of beauty, but it also help your fish’s live healthy.