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Old 05-18-2014, 09:59 PM   #1
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I've been told that either playground sand or pool filter sand is a cheaper alternative to buying sand from a petsmart or lfs. So I went out and bought sancrete play sand from lowes, someone told me that it's bad for fish because there's concrete in it. Is it true?
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Old 05-18-2014, 10:58 PM   #2
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I have quickcrete play sand in my tanks with no problems just rinse very throughly until the water is clear you can do so in a bucket or rubber maid tote and you'll be good to go

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Old 05-19-2014, 01:33 AM   #3
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I read on here that black blasting sand could be used too. I had already bought black sand from lfs. The black really makes plants and fish pop. Just another option. I think 50lbs was $10 at tractor supply store.

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Certain concrete can be dissolved by salt water. Not really an issue for freshwater. If possible, take a dropper with some vinegar and if it doesn't bubble, you're good.

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Old 05-19-2014, 12:32 PM   #5
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I used the Ace Hardware pool filter sand and it's been perfect and very clean to begin with. They'll ship it to the store of your choice, cost about $12 bucks. Very nice cream color and the fish--including corys--love it.
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I used the Ace Hardware pool filter sand and it's been perfect and very clean to begin with. They'll ship it to the store of your choice, cost about $12 bucks. Very nice cream color and the fish--including corys--love it.
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All sand is NOT equal

Don't buy that Lowe's stuff, this is good sand for an aquarium. It is coarse, sharp and clean...and it has a good look
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Old 05-19-2014, 04:54 PM   #7
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I have the Black Blasting sand in one tank. Plants and fish are fine !
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Old 05-19-2014, 06:12 PM   #9
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I'm really liking the black sand, if only I could find it near me. If I cant I'll just go buy the pool filter sand from ace hardware down the road
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Some good reading

BLACK DIAMOND SAND tanks! Let's see them "blasting away" here!!!
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Old 05-20-2014, 12:38 AM   #11
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I have pool filter sand, and I love it.

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I also have the PFS from ace hardware. It's great! It settles right away so when my fish go crazy I'm not worried about it getting kicked up in the filter. The cleanest of sands I've had anyway (rinsing beforehand). Here's a pic with lights off and on... Nice natural looking sand. I do like black sand too, however

Also, my local Ace doesn't carry it, had to order it online with free ship to store and took about a week...

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That pfs is really nice looking, you had a similar setup to what I'm doing. Cory cats and rasboras
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That pfs is really nice looking, you had a similar setup to what I'm doing. Cory cats and rasboras

Yeah it's pretty natural, and perfect coloring when lights are off too! I have a large school of rainbows, Rasboras, pictus cats, Cory cats, BN and pair of Bolivians. Pretty peaceful tank! Now I just gotta get into live plants lol!
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