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Old 09-24-2011, 08:17 PM   #1
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Can't seem to find PFS at Home Depot

I could not seem to find PFS at home depot but I found play sand (which I don't prefer for my usage). Furthermore, I could not find the "Quikrete" brand but I did find another brand called "SAKRETE" of "medium coarse sand for general use" Will that work as a substrate? Thanks for any advice.



PS. I stopped by my LFS and they were super friendly and helpful. I think I am finally going to make the leap. I sent in the dimensions of an alcove and he is going to research some options, including custom-built tanks. A 75g would fit with room, but I might opt for larger (easier). Alcove location for tank = 66x25x96

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I could not seem to find PFS at home depot but I found play sand (which I don't prefer for my usage). Furthermore, I could not find the "Quikrete" brand but I did find another brand called "SAKRETE" of "medium coarse sand for general use" Will that work as a substrate? Thanks for any advice.

PS. I stopped by my LFS and they were super friendly and helpful. I think I am finally going to make the leap. I sent in the dimensions of an alcove and he is going to research some options, including custom-built tanks. A 75g would fit with room, but I might opt for larger (easier). Alcove location for tank = 66x25x96

Check hardware stores like Ace. Thats where I got mine. Quickrete. Great stuff!
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Leslies Pool Supply is where I always get my PFS. Here's the link to their store locator. I believe it's $9 a bag. Leslie's Swimming Pool Supplies, the world leader in residential and commercial pool supplies. Leslie's Swimming Pool Supplies Stores
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I prefer sand actually made for aquariums. A dark substrate (and background) brings out a lot more color in the fish.
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I did a lot of searching at hardware stores before i finally decided to just get some aragonite sand that was on sale at my LFS.

The sakrete play/all purpose sand will work fine as an aquarium substrate.

However, the sakrete play sand and all purpose sand were all too course for my taste. The color was also a dull grey after washing it. You may want to take a look at HD and ask for any silica sand they may have. Most PFS is silica sand. Leslie's 50# PFS is silica sand as well. Most pool suply companies do not have silica-free sand in stock; they usually have to order it for you since it's a bit more expense etc.
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I prefer sand actually made for aquariums. A dark substrate (and background) brings out a lot more color in the fish.
Sand isn't actually made for aquariums. Aquarium supply companies bag substrates that are available already. Here is an example. Sand and Gravel Water Filtration Media - Red Flint note the aquarium sand and PFS are the same thing, in different bags.
I agree on the dark substrate, which is why I like black blasting sand, although if I could get it I would go with the Red Flint. I have their gravel and it is a great color.
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Most PFS is silica sand. Leslie's 50# PFS is silica sand as well. Most pool suply companies do not have silica-free sand in stock; they usually have to order it for you since it's a bit more expense etc.
Interesting that the PFS is #50 grit since that is extremely fine, and the specification for sand filters is #20 grit.
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Estes makes a sand for aquariums. It is coated in acrylic to keep it chemically inert, is extremely uniform in size, and the grain size is perfect. It is made for aquariums, so much more than a bag of cheapo sand at the hardware store. It is called Estes marine sand, also known as ultra reef and stoney river. Fortunately it runs the same price as gravel so it is very affordable.
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Estes makes a sand for aquariums. It is coated in acrylic to keep it chemically inert, is extremely uniform in size, and the grain size is perfect. It is made for aquariums, so much more than a bag of cheapo sand at the hardware store. It is called Estes marine sand, also known as ultra reef and stoney river. Fortunately it runs the same price as gravel so it is very affordable.
I have PFS and havent noticed a difference from when I had gravel. Also it was really cheap and looks stunning! The grain size is perfect because it doesnt fly around the tank.
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You guys are great. I did not realize how many options there are.
I'll sniff around a bit more and advise.
We do have a Leslie's pool supply in town, and I'll check out the Quikrete alternatives too.
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