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06-24-2013, 12:35 AM #1Junior Member Guppy
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So I'm getting a 50 gallon tank that I'm hoping to put in the crayola sand as a substrate the website that I found for it said the sand doesn't bleed or leach its color and a whole lot of other stuff but I was wondering of that's an ok sand to use. Never used sand before and the colors make me think the plants and fish I pit in the tank really stand put
06-24-2013, 11:28 AM #2
I had to Google this to find out what Crayola sand is. Aside from the "aesthetically challenging" qualities of the tank you might create using this, I can't find much information on it's "fish safety". A few scattered reports of it being ok but needing a lot of washing before use.
Personally, I'd recommend something a little more natural...but whatever does it for you.
06-24-2013, 11:33 AM #3
If this is your first tank I suggest you be careful with "Crayola" color. At first you like the colors but as you learn more about the hobby you realize that its just not a natural looking tank. I had a hot pink substrate but after a while I longed for just a sand base. I'm with firefly, long term you might want to look at something more "natural". My two cents.
06-24-2013, 11:59 AM #4
I think this colored sand will detract from the colors/beauty of any fish you add. I prefer a black substrate, others prefer a natural sand color. Either one of these will serve to enhance the fish, especially when coupled with some live plants. Just my opinion.
06-24-2013, 12:10 PM #5
+1 to that! !
06-24-2013, 12:52 PM #6
06-24-2013, 02:45 PM #7
That's a popular product. Personally I like the lighter sands but I've seen enough good tanks built with black sand to know it can work well. Crayola sand seems to come in a few colours and, if I understand the walmart site correctly, it's basically the sand version of "clown vomit" gravel. I'm sure that fish and plants would stand out against a pink or blue sand.
06-24-2013, 05:49 PM #8
Strictly fr0m an art standp0int, c0ntrast is what creates W0W fact0r. A darker substrate w0uld tend t0 make y0ur fish the f0cal p0int.When in d0ubt read it until it makes sense, then read it again!
06-24-2013, 07:46 PM #9
So, you are heavily criticizing someone's idea...
With a HEAVY subtext that you feel they are doing everything WRONG; and need to do things your way...
While almost completely ignoring the actual question...
And you are still baffled when people refer to you as elitist and unhelpful.
OP... if you are trolling, A+, you got them good.
If not, the sand is fairly new, so no one knows how well it will hold up over time. Some people have had to do a lot of washing to get out the fine particulates, others not as much. Maybe luck. Otherwise, people have done well with it, and there are a number of pictures up in various places now where the tanks have been up for over a year. The blue seems popular.Looks about 40 Gallon Tank
Betta, Buenos Aires Tetra, Neon Tetra, Harlequin Rasbora, and Otocinclus
Wisteria, Amazon Sword, Java Fern, and my unstoppable Trumpet Snail Army
Looks about 75 Gallon Tank
Wet and Empty; thinking Scalare, Corydoras, Otocinclus
06-24-2013, 07:55 PM #10