Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater Reef Aquaria
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 12-15-2011, 06:03 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Rich42082's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 527
Smile Saltwater Sand

Anyone know of a good website for saltwater sand or cost effective alternative to live sand? I have heard of buying pool filter sand at homedepot. Has anyone tried this?

__________________
Rich42082 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2011, 07:19 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
wapparia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Newcastle, England
Posts: 81
Not sure what country your in but i live in uk and if i cant get them from lfs i always use ebay. sometimes little bit more expensive but its nearly always there.
__________________
wapparia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2011, 10:11 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
carey's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Deltona, Florida
Posts: 20,966
I used pool filter sand from home depot and love it! I am using it in my upcoming 90g build as well. It runs about $5 for 50lbs.

I havent had any algae issues or any other problem with it, its small grain but not too small.
__________________
180g- Mostly BIG fish and some coral. ~80g Nuvo- My coral tank with "happy fish"~ 90g- FOWLR Not the not happy type of fish~ 125g- Freshwater Malawi Cichlids ~10g- Nuvo- The refugees from the Ich of '18
carey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2011, 04:31 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Zakwhite's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Posts: 184
Quote:
Originally Posted by wapparia
Not sure what country your in but i live in uk and if i cant get them from lfs i always use ebay. sometimes little bit more expensive but its nearly always there.
You live in my country wooooo
__________________
Zakwhite is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2011, 04:41 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
MDChurch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Strongsville, Ohio
Posts: 155
I also bought sand from Home Depot and it is great! Best thing I could have done for the tank. No algae issues,, looks nice and clean, looks more natural like the sea bottom. Got rid of the crushed coral and glad I did!!
__________________
May all of your fish be healthy ones!!:
MDChurch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2011, 06:02 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
wapparia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Newcastle, England
Posts: 81
It's not fair because it is impossible to get a lot of the items that are available in America. The other place to try are garden centres that have aquatic. I use dobbies garden centre because they have a more varied range but once again are more expensive than if you hit pets at home when they have a new stock. Hope this helps. This web site is great aswel the people on here are really helpfull
__________________
wapparia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2011, 06:34 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
xxStLxx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: California
Posts: 277
I use natures ocean #2 samoa pink sand and love it. I got a 20lb bag for around 12 bucks and it was live sand so I didnt have to worry about it curing in my tank.
__________________
xxStLxx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-15-2011, 07:07 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
yetee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Salt Lake, Utah
Posts: 189
depending on where you are from there are a lot of cost effective alternatives. here in utah, our home depot/lowes sand is silica based so thats not a very good choice. However, we have oolitic sand that can be collected from certain places by the great salt lake (it is the exact same chemical make up as aragonite, but is all perfectly round beads that are quite small).

some places back east their play sand is aragonite sand.
__________________
https://www.aquariumadvice.com/articl...ank/Page1.html how to cycle your tank
https://www.aquariumadvice.com/articl...ate/Page1.html How the Nitrogen cycle works
yetee is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2011, 10:40 AM   #9
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
kdine6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: NJ..outside Philly
Posts: 10
For those using the Home Depot sand, is there a specific brand name to use or something specific to look for?
__________________
kdine6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2011, 10:50 AM   #10
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
carey's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Deltona, Florida
Posts: 20,966
Here is a picture of the sand I got from home depot

__________________
180g- Mostly BIG fish and some coral. ~80g Nuvo- My coral tank with "happy fish"~ 90g- FOWLR Not the not happy type of fish~ 125g- Freshwater Malawi Cichlids ~10g- Nuvo- The refugees from the Ich of '18
carey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2011, 10:52 AM   #11
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
kdine6's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: NJ..outside Philly
Posts: 10
Thanks Carey...guess I'm off to the Depot!
__________________
kdine6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2011, 10:59 AM   #12
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
carey's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Deltona, Florida
Posts: 20,966
Yep, just get the texture and size you like. I'm lucky in that the sand I've been getting at the depot is the perfect color and consistency in my opinion. Also, you will really really have to rinse it! It took me hours to do it last time, but you cant believe the gunk that comes out. For me it was worth saving a few hundred $$ since I happen to have the time for stuff like this.
__________________
180g- Mostly BIG fish and some coral. ~80g Nuvo- My coral tank with "happy fish"~ 90g- FOWLR Not the not happy type of fish~ 125g- Freshwater Malawi Cichlids ~10g- Nuvo- The refugees from the Ich of '18
carey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2011, 11:28 AM   #13
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
xxStLxx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: California
Posts: 277
Did you rinse it in RO or salt water? And in a 5g bucket?
__________________
xxStLxx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2011, 11:31 AM   #14
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
carey's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Deltona, Florida
Posts: 20,966
I was a bad girl and used regular water from my garden hose. I used a 5g bucket and filled it like halfway up and then rinsed til clear water runs.
__________________
180g- Mostly BIG fish and some coral. ~80g Nuvo- My coral tank with "happy fish"~ 90g- FOWLR Not the not happy type of fish~ 125g- Freshwater Malawi Cichlids ~10g- Nuvo- The refugees from the Ich of '18
carey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2011, 11:36 AM   #15
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
xxStLxx's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: California
Posts: 277
Did you get any residual phosphate and silicate problems from doing that or did it work out. I'll admit that in the first year of doin SW when ever I had high nitrates I would suck out all my sand and wash it in a 5g bucket till it rinsed clear then added it back
__________________
xxStLxx is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-17-2011, 11:40 AM   #16
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
carey's Avatar

POTM Champion
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Deltona, Florida
Posts: 20,966
Nope no nitrates or phosphate issues. I get some diatoms here and there but nothing horrible, I'm guessing tis from my sand stirring creatures mucking up my sand bed. lol

if it's any indication I am also using pool filter sand in my 90g build, it's in the garage waiting to be rinsed. I had no issues with it, it's cheap and looks good to me.
__________________
180g- Mostly BIG fish and some coral. ~80g Nuvo- My coral tank with "happy fish"~ 90g- FOWLR Not the not happy type of fish~ 125g- Freshwater Malawi Cichlids ~10g- Nuvo- The refugees from the Ich of '18
carey is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
salt, saltwater, sand

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Step By Step: How to add Sand to your Freshwater Aquarium micaiah12 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 11 12-30-2011 03:05 PM
Sand in Planted Tank Maltimomma Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 5 11-28-2011 07:44 PM
Sand, sand, sand maestromad Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 4 11-18-2011 06:08 PM
Sand - the right one for my aquarium Ann7667 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 1 07-28-2011 02:01 PM
New to saltwater. How do I clean my live sand? Namkcap Saltwater Reef Aquaria 12 07-08-2011 12:08 PM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 01:19 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.