FAQs on Collecting Your Own Freshwater Substrates
bottoms; Choosing the right substrate for your
aquarium by Neale Monks,
Freshwater Deep Sand Beds
Work by Deirdre Kylie, Setting up a
Freshwater Aquarium, Tips for
Freshwater Substrates 1,
FAQs on: FW Substrate Selection,
FW Substrate Physical
Properties, FW Substrate
Chemical Properties, FW Substrate
Amounts & Placement, FW
Substrate Changing, Moving, Adding To,
FW Substrate Cleaning,
FW Substrate Issues,
Local substrate; FW 9/30/14
Hi, you guys have helped me out before and I have searched through a
lot of the FAQ but most of the info seems to be related to ocean sands and I
have a freshwater system.
I have always done reef tanks but with family growth I have not had the type of
time needed to monitor a reef tank so I have gone back to my teen years and
<To go is to return (or some such)>
I have a 300 gallon Oscar tank where I obtained substrate from a beautiful large
local river without even a second thought and it has worked out wonderfully for
6 years now. But I have just set up a 65 gallon oceanic tank for my youngest and
most interested 5 year old. We live in a country wooded area and have a stream
with beautiful fine grain sand. It is not a heavily traveled stream. We
collected sand from there and a few river stones. I am a female landscaper and
used some pieces of slate and an untreated cobble brick that has been used in a
different aquarium for years. The tank looks amazing and has been cycling for
some time now but not quite ready for fish. I have added beneficial bacteria to
help give it all a boost. I want to add live plants and let that work together a
while before adding fish. I am looking into puffers as I had a beautiful arrow
head for many many years which I loved. But for some reason that made me
consider how he buried in the sand at times. I did not boil my sand thinking the
"live" component to it would help it cycle and possibly be healthier.
<I usually suggest at least thoroughly rinsing such wild-collected substrate and
rock; sometimes bleaching (rinsing, treating and possibly air-drying) if very
concerned re introduction of undesirable organisms>
Now what? Can I add in an antiparasitic?
<Mmm; you can/could... anti-protozoal, anti-worm...>
I hate the idea of having to start over again.
<Well; then don't>
My Oscars in the 300 gallon have never had a single illness or parasite, no gill
flukes or worms. They even eat the rocks at times when they move them around to
make breeding areas. I have the same type of slate and cobbles in there also.
Advice? Or a link to my answer would be helpful, if there is one!
<At this point; I'd likely skip further treatment. Perhaps anything that might
cause trouble has gone or left virulence>
Thanks so much guys! Keep doing what you do, it's a huge help.
<Welcome. Bob Fenner>