View Full Version : Good sand for plecos?

08-17-2009, 10:40 PM
Hi i want to change my substrate in my tank to sand but i want a dark color still because i heard a light color bottom can stress fish. Is black sand good for plecos? I intend to keep a few and an arowana.

08-17-2009, 10:43 PM
I hope you have a big tank for the fish you want!
I have never heard a like colored sand will stress fish.I hope you didn't hear that here.
Light colored sand does show a lot of debris.I have it in four tanks.
Plecos will not mind any substrate.

08-17-2009, 10:56 PM
Ok. Is there a good sand for keeping the ph low? I want it at about 6.0- 6.5.

08-17-2009, 11:04 PM
i have brown paver sand in mine and mine stays usually at 6.6

08-17-2009, 11:33 PM
Where did you get it? Was it expensive?

08-18-2009, 01:24 AM
What is the ph of your tap water?
Driftwood will lower your ph and help maintain it.
How big is your tank?
I use pool filter sand #16.Its about ten bucks for a 50lb bag Canadian.

08-18-2009, 05:25 AM
The ph of my tap water is about 7.6 to 7.8. And quite hard. My tank is 60 gallons. Most likely upgrading soon though.

08-18-2009, 05:17 PM
I am glad you are going to upgrade.
60 gal is nowhere near big enough to keep an arrowana.

I kept oscars with that high a ph for many years without any difficulty.As long as its stable is all that matters.I have been able to stablize my ph by addind driftwood.I like the look anyway.My fish all use it in thee own way as well. My oscars are always trying to hide under it.My sevs chase each other through it and my plecos,well they need it for their diet.

Lady Hobbs
08-18-2009, 05:26 PM
I'd have the tank prior to the fish. Arowana and pleco's get large and grow fast and too many things happen that can delay purchases of larger tanks. I'd pick another option right now that will work with a 60 gallon.

08-18-2009, 07:06 PM
Yeah im looking for a tank with a lot of floor room not so much height. Will this be good for the type of fish i want?

08-18-2009, 07:10 PM
Here is one place.

08-19-2009, 01:59 AM
Well i got some sand today. 20 grade and contains crystalline silicone. Has little gold flakes in it. Says its ecologically safe and everything.

Sound good? I haven't put it in yet so let me know if something sounds wrong with it please so i can return it.

08-19-2009, 06:08 PM
i think it should be good, it should work