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Old 05-24-2015, 05:52 PM   #1
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Pool filter sand

I remember a discussion a while back where people used pool filter sand in their reef tanks.

Does anyone have any thoughts or experiences with this?
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I know Carey has used it.
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My friend used it and didn't have any problems


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I've used it in at least a dozen tanks with no ill effects. Deep sands and regular depth as well. The only time I dont use it is when I want a certain look, such as pink fiji, which I have used a couple times as well.

I find the pool filter sand to be a good consistency for sifters and not too fine that it blows everywhere. And really, can you beat like $8 for 40lbs? lol
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I've used it in at least a dozen tanks with no ill effects. Deep sands and regular depth as well. The only time I dont use it is when I want a certain look, such as pink fiji, which I have used a couple times as well.

I find the pool filter sand to be a good consistency for sifters and not too fine that it blows everywhere. And really, can you beat like $8 for 40lbs? lol
Haha thats a good point do you happen to have any pictures of it you could share?
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The only difference is that it's made from quartz and not calcium. It's fine to use if you like the look of it.
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It has no buffering capacity and I would be cautious of silica content.


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I had a little bit of extra money I got from graduation and I was toying with the idea of setting up the new 29g hex I was given as a salt water tank. It wasn't much so it would have had to be on the super cheap hence the wondering about pool filter sand.

I decided instead to buy a doser and some other things for my 90g and hold off on the hex until I can afford to do it properly. Either that, or buy a 50g ish column tank.
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I used play sand in my first tank the only thing was it was a cayno factory for around the first 8 months the sand was supposed to be silica free , any way after things came around the sand had a nice white glow to it ,
this is how it looked when I set it up than the beginnings of the cayno war , than after things cleaned up , I never let the cayno keep me from adding coral





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Looks awesome!
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