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Old 03-31-2014, 01:21 PM   #1
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I guess this would be the forum to post under. I want to convert my 75 gallon goldfish fish tank from gravel substrate to sand however I dont want to spend the money on aquarium sand since I've been doing research and was told play sand, silica sand and pool filter sand were all cheaper options. I want to go with pool filter sand as I've heard its easier to prepare for the tank and doesn't cloud up like other sands. I found this and just wanted to see if anyone can tell me if it is good sand for the project, Aqua Quartz® 50lbs Pool Filter Sand (61308) - Pool Maintenance Equipment - Ace Hardware. If anyone has an advice on the task I'd greatly appreciate it! I'm very excited to make the big change!
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Old 03-31-2014, 01:35 PM   #2
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Sounds good to me! I think I used the same stuff.. I really like it, easy to clean, I made a long siphon tube so I can hit it withou sucking it all out of the tank. I washed it in a bucket in my tub by running water and stirring it with my hand until the water ran out clear..
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Did you take your fish out of the tank when you did it or did you keep them in. I've been looking up a lot of videos and have seen it both ways. Just want to do it the easiest least stressful way for my fish.
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I washed in the bucket as well , but did it outside with a garden hose. I would not want any of the sediment ( and there was lots) in my plumbing.
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Did you take your fish out of the tank when you did it or did you keep them in. I've been looking up a lot of videos and have seen it both ways. Just want to do it the easiest least stressful way for my fish.
i took my fish out and tore down the whole tank, I couldn't imagine performing this task with a stocked tank, I'd feel to guilty over stressing the fish, I than sucked all my old gravel out with a shop vac, easy peasy!
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Well I'm going to have to order my sand! I'm very excited for the big change, I'll post before/afters!
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Why do you need to order it? I used play sand from home depot, 2.48$ per 50lbs. Looks very good IMHO
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Why do you need to order it? I used play sand from home depot, 2.48$ per 50lbs. Looks very good IMHO
pool filter sand is different from play sand..
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I get my sand from my local pool supply store. Almost every town has one. Check nearby and you could have the sand today.
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I decided to go with pool filter sand because its cleaner so I'd have to do less to prepare it and clouds up much less than play sand. It is a bit more expensive and is harder to find in stores but for me the easier the better.
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