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Old 05-04-2012, 11:26 AM   #1
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Playground sand?

I was thinking of setting up another tank and wanted to use a sand substrate. Can I use playground sand like the stuff sold at Home Depot?

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Old 05-04-2012, 12:34 PM   #2
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I haven't used play sand but I have used pool filter sand on a couple of my saltwater tanks.

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Old 05-04-2012, 01:02 PM   #3
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Sure. I have play sand in one of my tanks. Just be sure to wash it really well. It's very dusty out of the bag.
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Old 05-04-2012, 01:33 PM   #4
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I just installed a new tank with Qwikrete medium grain sand , it is kiln dried and 100lbs for 7.50. And white.

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Wash, wash, wash, wash, wash, then wash some more even when the water looks crystal clear!...

My friend did hers as well was both were a little cloudy but within 9 hours when I had got home from work it was all clear! Hers was the same. Looks nice you can see the tank on my profile, I think.

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Old 05-07-2012, 10:40 AM   #5
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I used play sand in my 50g. Like everyone said, wash it a lot and it'll be fine.
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Old 05-07-2012, 04:30 PM   #6
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I've used Quikrete's Premium playsand at Home Depot. I'd recommend the pillow case trick for cleaning it. Dump 10-20lbs in a pillow case, put a garden hose in and keep stirring the sand until the water runs clear out of the bottom. It is sooo much easier than cleaning it in a bucket.

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