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Old 07-20-2009, 01:24 AM   #11
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So, who has actually bought Pool Filter Sand at Home Depot or Lowes? I have seen Play Sand but never PFS. PFS here from a Pool store is about $10 for 20 lbs.
I got it for $5.99 at my local home depot, it was right next to the play sand along with stones and pavers.
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Now I am going to have to go back and check. I just bought 200 lbs of playsand for my 115G cichlid tank, but I really want PFS. Hopefully if they have it I can take back the Playsand and get the PFS.
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WHAT!? 10$ ?? for only 20lbs? Thats bad lol. i got 100lbs for 15$.. so like thats 7.50 for 50lbs... I've never seen PFS at lowes/home depot either.. i went to both stores before i found out my teacher owned a pool maintenance company. Maybe select home depots have them? Idk.. from my experiance they didnt have any of it. :/
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Old 07-20-2009, 01:34 AM   #14
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Now I am going to have to go back and check. I just bought 200 lbs of playsand for my 115G cichlid tank, but I really want PFS. Hopefully if they have it I can take back the Playsand and get the PFS.
I would definitely suggest trying to make the switch the PFS looks way better and is much cleaner than the play sand.
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Here in Vegas pool supplies are much more expensive. Many, many more pools=supply and demand.
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Here in Vegas pool supplies are much more expensive. Many, many more pools=supply and demand.
I would still give home depot and/or lowes a chance maybe they don't gouge as bad as the LPS.
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Here in Vegas pool supplies are much more expensive. Many, many more pools=supply and demand.
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Old 07-30-2009, 03:42 PM   #18
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Go sand. I just switched and the fish and I both love it! I picked up 50lb of play sand at Home Depot for a little more than $3 and it makes about a 4" deep bed in my 29g. My amazon swords seem to be doing fine in the sand and the other, newer plants do ok when my catfish leaves the plants rooted for more than one night. I was surprised at how fast the sand started to go anaerobic though. I started getting black patches in the sand within two weeks, but they cleared up when stirred.
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i got play sand and live sand in my 55gal tank. i put it in 2 days ago and it is still very cloudy what should i do?
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Wait for it to settle, or hang an extra filter on there to try and filter out the particulates. Did you rinse heavily first?

Is your tank saltwater? To my knowledge, bagged live sand is only saltwater (and IMO worthless). Going on the far fetched notion that it is actually bacteria populated, fresh and salt water bacteria strains are different. So even if it was 'live', is your tank is fresh then it's dead now.
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