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Old 08-21-2014, 10:02 AM   #1
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Sand? Using Play Sand in Tank

Iv heard some where of people using kids play sand in there tanks. Or am I just going crazy. Has anyone actually done this and if so what were the results.


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Old 08-21-2014, 10:26 AM   #2
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Iv heard some where of people using kids play sand in there tanks. Or am I just going crazy. Has anyone actually done this and if so what were the results.


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Yeah I use Play Sand in my 60G African tank..

There is no downsides to it at all, but then there are no upsides either.
Live sand or buffering sand will benefit the aquarium but Play Sand is purely aesthetic.

Some people say that anaerobic bubbles can build up in the sand because it is so tightly packed but this will only happen if you use a very thick layer.

Also it's insanely cheap.


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Yea, the price is why I considered it. I can get 15k of play sand for £2.99 where as the same amount of aquarium sand, I'm looking at between £15-£20. It's a 190L corner community tank so for me to get a decent layer on the bottom I'm going to need quite a bit of the stuff. If I churn it up quite well when I do water changes it shouldn't be that bad. Also I know it's going to take a heck of a lot more washing before I put it I'm. Iv got gravel at the mo but I'm thinking of switching things up a bit. I just don't want to loose fish by choosing the wrong sand.


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Meant to say if I churn it up quite well when doing water changes the anaerobic air bubbles shouldn't build up too much. I could also get some khuli loaches that would dig through it and disturb it.


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Meant to say if I churn it up quite well when doing water changes the anaerobic air bubbles shouldn't build up too much. I could also get some khuli loaches that would dig through it and disturb it.


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Yeah, well I keep Mbuna... I can place the sand wherever I like but if they aren't happy with it there's not much I can do to stop them ☺️


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I have it in my aquarium and love it. Honestly it took me longer to rinse the gravel than the play sand. I got 50 lbs of play sand for $3.50.


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Play sand will work. The only downside to play sand is that it is very fine. Which means you have to wash it more. It also means that when it gets stirred up lots of fine dust ends up in your filtration system. Further, it is more easily compacted. None of this is really a huge deal but I like to use high quality pool filter sand. It is a little more costly than play sand but still far less than aquarium sand. It is silica based so it is totally inert and tends to have a larger grain size.
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I've used play sand and pool filter sand and I prefer fool filter sand. It takes less rinsing and I agree with the other pros the above poster listed.
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Pool filter sand. Auto correct strikes again!

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I use play sand in mine. Great for plants, but is hard on HOB filters. Be careful about disturbing it, as it does silt.
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