If you are financially sound and decided to buy an aquarium, you must have already researched the community fishes you want in your fish tank, size of the tank, the plants you can use inside it, what you can feed the fishes and of course what you need to put inside the aquarium. There are a lot of substrates you can use inside an aquarium, for example, sand gravel, stones, or glass pebbles. But if you are planning to use beach sand then there are certain things you need to know.
Is putting beach sand inside the aquarium good or bad?
Beach sand has several contaminants and is generally polluted. It contains a lot of chemical residues which are more harmful to fishes in a confined space. Oceans and seas are vast. They keep on renewing the chemical composition of beachside sands with different beneficial chemicals which is not possible in a small or even a large aquarium.
Although if you buy sand from a reputed source, there is a chance that you will get treated beach sand that can be used in your aquarium. Just put netting over the sand as covering, replace the water after soaking it and let the sand settle.
Is beach sand good for the plants?
Before there was any alternative substrate, white sand was the only thing available. Plants with flexible roots and hard structure don’t require a substrate to grow. They take their required nutrients from the water.
Plants like Java moss, Cameroon and Weeping Moss can easily grow inside an aquarium. It doesn’t matter what substrate you use.
Just make sure to clean the water, keep a low light, use root tabs, refrain from using any fertilizers and of course buy the sand from a reputed source. Beach sand can be harmful if used without letting it settle. It takes time and patience but is necessary for the plants and fishes.
Benefits of sand in the aquarium
The presence of sand in the aquarium will provide them an intense natural environment. They will make the plants and animals feel like their home. The sand makes them effectively adjust to the new aquarium. People find sand not a safer option because they are afraid that the sand might stuck in the bladders their fishes. The fishes can easily survive in the sandy environment.
There are some of the species which have the habitat of living in the sandy environment. The right amount of sand is the primary requirement of any of the aquarium. The plants and species can survive in sufficient sand in the aquarium. The excess of the sand can also damage the life of the fishes.
The small particles of the sand contain bacteria in it. The aquarium includes an enormous amount of dirt in it. The bacteria is the primary requirement in the aquarium. The more bacteria in the aquarium will keep them healthy and tidy.
The people in the aquarium use the various variety of sand according to the requirement of the plant. The plants get several nutritional benefits from the sand. This Sand is considered very beneficial for plants in the aquarium.
The species require the sand for the process of digestion as sand contains some essential nutrients. The better digestion of food will help the proper functioning of the body processes of the fishes.
The sands make the life of fishes and aquatic plants more useful as they got a similar environment of their previous habitat.
How to maintain and take care of the beach sand you put in the aquarium?
This task is divided into several sub-tasks that are named as cleaning the sand, removing dirt and dust from the tank and let it stay that way. To begin, you need to have specific tools and equipment like a gravel siphon, buckets, water conditioner, algae magnet or cleaner sponge, a cotton rag, and a thermometer.
To begin with step one, that is cleaning the tank. Get to know the type of sand you have. The switch the electric system of the aquarium that includes the heater, filter, and the pumps. Take out the decorative items off the aquarium. Don’t take off the live plants as their roots can be damaged this way. You can gently scrub off the dust from them if they are dirty. With the help of the siphon, take out the water out of the aquarium. Meanwhile, prepare the water to fill in with the help of water conditioners.
Step two is scraping the algae off the tank. Next, with the help of your hand (with gloves on), do the ploughing and tilting on the sand. Do it in such a way that it turns upside down. The debris on the surface can be removed with the help of gravel siphon. If it has been a long time since you upgraded the aquarium, now is the time. You can replace the décor and after this, pour in the water you prepared and switch on the electric devices.