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Old 03-02-2012, 12:29 AM   #1
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Just wondering if anyone has used generic playground sand like the stuff you buy at Home Depot as a substrate for the bottom of a cichlid tank? I am looking for an alternative to the expensive aroganite and sand sold at the lfs.
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Old 03-02-2012, 01:11 AM   #2
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It has been done, but play sand is dirty, ugly, and messes around too much with the pH for my taste...
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What would you recommend? Or is the sand from the lfs the best option?
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:19 AM   #4
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You can use pool filter sand. I use the black diamond blasting sand. I guess it depends on what color you want.
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:44 AM   #5
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Don't use it. Most of it is power fine and will be a huge mess when moving things around or cleaning. Use pool filter sand. Your limitation is just going to be color with it. Or use the diamond blasting sand mentioned for a dark color.

Pool filter sand will usually come in white or a light tan. You hardly have to rinse it before putting it in the tank because it's already clean for its intended purpose in the pool. You'll have a diatom breakout a few weeks in without a doubt as it (and play sand) will have more silica in it. It will be ugly but just wait it out. I used it for my FW and SW tanks. At $7-$9 a bag it's worth the money and a huge savings.
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:00 AM   #6
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I am thinking about getting some pool filter sand myself! How much would 50 pounds of sand cost near you?
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I live in VB, VA. At the local pool supply place I paid $9 for a 50# bag of white for the SW build. I paid $8 for a 50# bag of tan at Taylor's Do It center here for the FW build.
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Does it mess with the pH a lot? Or is it pretty stable?
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I honestly don't have a good answer for you. I can tell you that it didnt seem to help raise mine for the cichlids. I add buffer to my water and added crushed coral as well to the sump.
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Ok, that's what I wanted to know. Thanks!
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