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Old 08-15-2013, 09:36 PM   #1
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Ok so i want to switch from my gravel to sand, so i went to petco and looked at there aquarium sand which was 20$ for 20lbs! Then i went to petsmart and theres was 27$ for 20lbs so even more than petcos! Then i looked it up on googleand wanted to know if play sand was aquarium safe and there were mixed answers. I was wanting to know from someone who knows a little more than the people on yahoo.


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I use it in 2 tanks with no issued an I'm loving it
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It's safe, just be sure to rinse it before you add it to the tank. Rinsing can be a pain, but I think it's worth it, since IMO sand looks so much better than gravel.
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I use it in 2 tanks with no issued an I'm loving it
Thanks for the advice!
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It's safe, just be sure to rinse it before you add it to the tank. Rinsing can be a pain, but I think it's worth it, since IMO sand looks so much better than gravel.
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Old 08-15-2013, 10:28 PM   #6
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Look up a video on YouTube called "how to clean sand the easy way". It should show a bottle.

I did it and it worked out PERFECT. PM me if u want me to explain it.
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Home Depot = 50 pound bag for 2.50-5.00

It's safe as long as you rinse it really really well.
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Ive heard that pool filter sand is better than play sand?
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Ive heard that pool filter sand is better than play sand?
I like the look of white pool filter sand WAYYYYYYY better.

And a tip: even if you don't think you need to take your fish out, TAKE YOUR FISH OUT!!!!!!!!!

When I changed my gravel out I left my fish in thinking they'd be fine. Nope! Gave all of them ammonia poisoning. Don't make my mistake.
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I like the look of white pool filter sand WAYYYYYYY better.

And a tip: even if you don't think you need to take your fish out, TAKE YOUR FISH OUT!!!!!!!!!

When I changed my gravel out I left my fish in thinking they'd be fine. Nope! Gave all of them ammonia poisoning. Don't make my mistake.
Yeah i went to home depot this morning and got 4 5 gallon buckets, one for the fish,the airstone, and the heater, one for the other 5g of water, one for the sand that i will be putting in, and one for the gravel thats getting taken out.
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Ive heard that pool filter sand is better than play sand?
It's a bit larger, and has a more uniform grain size. Personally, my favorite sand is the black diamond blasting sand. Looks amazing, and super cheap ($7-$8 for a 50 pound bag). I got the "ultra fine" 40/80 grain, so it's very soft for bottom dwellers (even though sharp substrate is arguably not an issue for them).

Also, here is an article on here that discusses the rinsing of sand: Introduction to Adding Natural Decor to an Aquarium - Aquarium Advice
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It's a bit larger, and has a more uniform grain size. Personally, my favorite sand is the black diamond blasting sand. Looks amazing, and super cheap ($7-$8 for a 50 pound bag). I got the "ultra fine" 40/80 grain, so it's very soft for bottom dwellers (even though sharp substrate is arguably not an issue for them).

Also, here is an article on here that discusses the rinsing of sand: Introduction to Adding Natural Decor to an Aquarium - Aquarium Advice
Is that stuff from lowes or Home Depot
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Is that stuff from lowes or Home Depot
I found mine at ACE hardware. Quikrete is my favorite. TERRIBLE for using in a pool. GREAT for using in an aquarium (grains are too small for pools. But I think it looks nice in aquariums)
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Is that stuff from lowes or Home Depot
The pool filter sand you can get at Home Depot. The blasting sand you can get at a tractor supply store.
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It's a bit larger, and has a more uniform grain size. Personally, my favorite sand is the black diamond blasting sand. Looks amazing, and super cheap ($7-$8 for a 50 pound bag). I got the "ultra fine" 40/80 grain, so it's very soft for bottom dwellers (even though sharp substrate is arguably not an issue for them).

Also, here is an article on here that discusses the rinsing of sand: Introduction to Adding Natural Decor to an Aquarium - Aquarium Advice
Thank you bud! That article was great!!!
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Yes it's safe. I have sand in both my tanks and have had zero issues. I'm sure it's been mentioned, but be sure to rinse, rinse, rinse.... And rinse some more. The play sand may look clean but it's super dusty, so again.. Rinse,
Rinse, rinse! Lol.
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Yes it's safe. I have sand in both my tanks and have had zero issues. I'm sure it's been mentioned, but be sure to rinse, rinse, rinse.... And rinse some more. The play sand may look clean but it's super dusty, so again.. Rinse,
Rinse, rinse! Lol.
Or of course you can PM me for the method to clean sand with 0 rinsing (trying to stay on topic)
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Or of course you can PM me for the method to clean sand with 0 rinsing (trying to stay on topic)
I don't think that would be off topic at all, however rinsing is IME by far the best and most thorough way to clean it.
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Ive heard that pool filter sand is better than play sand?
It certainly is, and easier to clean before and while its in the tank, I changed to sand in my 55g a few weeks ago, then did the 21g and the 7g they look amazing , it really is a good choice the pool filter sand and it will be going in any other tank I get in the future
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It certainly is, and easier to clean before and while its in the tank, I changed to sand in my 55g a few weeks ago, then did the 21g and the 7g they look amazing , it really is a good choice the pool filter sand and it will be going in any other tank I get in the future
Yeah i think i will go get some pool filter sand instead of play sand
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