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Old 12-23-2006, 02:40 AM   #1
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I really want to use sand in my tank

is there a way that i could use sand from a beach and wash it, or something, has anyone tried or know if its possible, thanks
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Old 12-23-2006, 02:42 AM   #2
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I wouldn't. Could possibly bring in something bad to the tank. And if from the Ocean beach, will have salt mixed in, which you don't want. Possible parasites, etc.
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Old 12-23-2006, 02:48 AM   #3
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could it be boiled? im just trying to save money, i just made a 40 gallon tank
so im trying to keep things cheap
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I used Pool Filter Sand in my tank. Check the local pool shop and see what they have. The sand they had here is very similar to the beach in color. And it was 9.99 for a 50lb bag, which was perfect for a 55G.
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thanks ill do that tomorrow and should that be washed or how do you do that
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Old 12-23-2006, 03:08 AM   #6
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Yes, you have to rinse it out well. I just used a 1/2G koolaid container, and put some in and rinsed while stirring the sand around, then when the water that was overflowing looks clear, then I added it to the tank. Took a while, but was well worth it. Then, when adding the water, take a large plate and turn it updside down in the tank, and run the water over it slow at first, but when the water get's a little depth, you can turn up the water pressure and fill it up. It will still get a little cloudy, so if you did a 75% PWC, it will clear the water up a bit. Then, don't run the filter for a couple hours, it should clear up fairly quick. Then add the filter.
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Here's the color of mine......

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LWB- what a sweet shot of your eel!!!

I'll definitely agree on the merits of PFS as a money saver. I got a 50 lb. bag in Bloomington (where everything's expensive) for about $15. You can expect to pay that, max. Depending on what size of tank you have, 1 bag may be enough, but you may need to buy 2 bags for anything larger than 50 gallons, JMO. Still, it's much cheaper than buying sand from the LFS or risking contamination/leaching from beach sand. My PFS rinsed out really easily. I rinsed it in a 5 gallon bucket in my bathtub by pouring off the cloudy water whenever the bucket filled. I stirred it with my hand at the same time, and then it was ready to go in my tank.
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Actually, 50lbs was a little too much for a 55G. I used about 90% of it, and was still a bit too much, lol. I've seen other members post as low as 6.50, and as much as 15.00 for a 50lb bag.
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