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Old 11-06-2013, 12:53 AM   #1
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Anyone used Petco brand sand?

A few years ago I bought some Tahitian Moon sand. It was beautiful but was nearly impossible to vacuum without sucking out the sand. I swore I'd never have sand again. I was in Petco and saw their brand of sand. It's a little bit larger than the other stuff I had. Has anyone used it? I may get a 5 lb bag and put in the 5.5 tank I have in the closet and try to gravel vacuum it and see how it does.
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A few years ago I bought some Tahitian Moon sand. It was beautiful but was nearly impossible to vacuum without sucking out the sand. I swore I'd never have sand again. I was in Petco and saw their brand of sand. It's a little bit larger than the other stuff I had. Has anyone used it? I may get a 5 lb bag and put in the 5.5 tank I have in the closet and try to gravel vacuum it and see how it does.
I have it in my tank I bought the black color and both my fish and I love it. It was very clean, so cleaning was quick and easy and i find siphoning waste and debris off the surface to be painless.
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Yep I bought 45lbs of black sand for my 60 gallon, and the fish pop against it.
It is a pain the rinse at first but totally worth it!
Highly recommend!!
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I have used 3 colors, blue, orange-ish, and black 3 times.

Loved the blue and orange very clean (rinsed all of it well). Had good experience with the 1st bag of black, almost 2 years ago, 2nd time bought another bag to supplement quantity and had awful experience with it foaming in my tank, about a year ago. And the 3rd bag purchased at the same time but went into a different tank had no problems at first. I eventually combined all the Petco sand into one tank.

Later now I am finding the color coming off and some of the "black" sand looks like grains of (clearish to white) coarse sugar. I am really disappointed in the last two bags of black. It seemed much more fine than the first bag I bought. I was wondering if it was the bottom of the batch or something.

I would just try to make sure to try and stay away from silty looking sand Petco sand, just uniform grains.

The instructions say not to rub it too much, and I cleaned it with my hands once, but not really vigorously, lol.

The blue was used for appx a year or so and the orange has been used for nearing 2 years (still in one tank), no problems.

I also had CaribSea sand and sucked up lots of it. The Petco sinks much more quickly as it is generally much more coarse.

Occasionally I had a little bit of it float. Just stirred it around and it sank.


Have you ever considered Eco Complete. I have been using it and there is no rinsing. Amazon will do free shipping with $25, free shipping on "rocks" is nice
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3 days ago I bought a 5 lb bag of Petco sand. I put it in my 5.5 gallon. Sifted through it for awhile and could not get the air bubbles out of it. It's been sitting for 3 days and every now and then an air bubble comes up and the sand sticks to it and the sand will stay at the top. I don't want this stuff to float up because it can get in the filter intakes. So I'm going to get something else.
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3 days ago I bought a 5 lb bag of Petco sand. I put it in my 5.5 gallon. Sifted through it for awhile and could not get the air bubbles out of it. It's been sitting for 3 days and every now and then an air bubble comes up and the sand sticks to it and the sand will stay at the top. I don't want this stuff to float up because it can get in the filter intakes. So I'm going to get something else.
I would use a clean chopstick or 2 to rake through the sand to see if you can bump out any extra bubbles. It might help. And a quick stir with the chop stick around the floating ones should get them to sink right away.

Did you have a pre filter sponge on the intake?

Other wise Eco-Complete would get my vote.

Here is a pretty good pic of the Eco in my 72G so you can see if you like it.
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Thanks for the pic Autumnsky, but the sand you have looks very coarse. I want some fine stuff-I think it looks better.
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Thanks for the pic Autumnsky, but the sand you have looks very coarse. I want some fine stuff-I think it looks better.
You're welcome. That's why there is a picture! Not everyone likes the same thing!!!
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I thought about getting the Petco black sand because of the uniformity and consistency (color/grain size). I think it would make the plants and shrimp "pop" in my shrimp tank. Not sure how well it would perform as a plant substrate.

Ended up getting black EcoComplete because it was super cheap at my local Petco ($9 per bag).
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This isn't the best pic but this is the sand - it really is black, but if you notice the light color specs that is the clearish sugar like granules where the color came off. I still like it alright as I said but it is NOT all staying black



Here is the orange-ish color texture, very slight color loss, stayed mostly uniform, but there are light spots too.
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