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Old 06-09-2012, 05:00 PM   #11
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Petco sand isn't much, if any, different than petsmart sand and etc. With products like this these companies typically just rebrand them into consumer size packaging, it's not like they are out back manufacturing this stuff. It's just that a lot of people go there so that's what they get. That said, they are not always equal since they could be using different suppliers, so it's good to go with one that has been tested and given good reviews.

There are lots of people who use the black beauty stuff, and based on some research it seems to be inert, but it's not something I have used. I like the uniformity of the ceramic coated colored sand (estes/3m colorquartz) and it does not have rough edges. It costs a bit more than the coal slag and playsand/filter sand, though.


If you find an industrial supply company that carries sand, you can ask them what colors they have. They should have quite a range of options.
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I really like petco sand because I don't rinse it. I just throw it in and push around the floating sand till it sinks down with my net and turn the filter on.

Playsand on other hand is down right annoying I rather pay a little more for instant gratification.
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I used pfs and it only took a few minutes to rinse.
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I used pfs and it only took a few minutes to rinse.
It took me 1hr an a half to do a 75g tank
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Wow. I have a 36 bowfront. I used about 3/4 of a 50 lb. Bag and it took me maybe 20 minutes. I did 3 seperate bucket loads.
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I got to where I didn't even rinse PFS... just put it in the tank, add a bit, stir it up, drain, fill, done.
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Yea I also found that I can vacuum it like gravel if the bucket isn't much lower than the tank when I siphon. But I'm not going to do that lol.
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And no, there is no clay in basic play sand.
Actually yes most common brands of play sand does contain clay.
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Actually yes most common brands of play sand does contain clay.
Well, the kind I have used from HD is just white quartz sand. My issue with it is the inconsistent grain size more than anything, it tends to pack down too easily.

Could be a regional thing, but wouldn't the clay make playsand look dirty?

Now that I think about it I did get some brown/yellow colored playsand once thinking it would be a nice contrast from the bright white and when I rinsed it all the color went away with it. I bet that was clay.
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I've never given the regional thing much thought but it's possible. Everything locally here does contains clay, from low to a fairly high concentration depending on manufacturer.

I personally feel its a poor choice for aquariums due to the amount of time it takes to clean it and the way it compacts, there are loads of better of substrates.
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