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Old 01-27-2020, 02:36 AM   #1
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Sand filters for above ground pools...is there a downside to using one in an aquariu?

Hi. I have been an aquarium hobbyist for many years. I have had vivariums, African and South American cichlids. Community fish, frogs, salamanders.

I am starting up a new 78 gallon tank after divesting myself of all my pumps, filters. Etc.

I have noticed that above ground pool filters are self contained sand filters.
One experienced friend who had a marine tank, said he would be sceptical of metals that may leach from the filters.

Another said no idea.
So my question is:

Sand filters for above ground pools...is there a downside to using one in an aquarium?

I would appreciate any ideas. Now I think more about leaching metals the more it fails the sniff test.
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Old 01-27-2020, 04:32 PM   #2
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Don't people use those for ponds?
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That’s what I thought too. I am just being cautious.... thanks!!
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Many public aquariums use sand filters meant for pools on their systems. Plus the sand inside them, pool filter sand, is very commonly used as substrate in aquariums. I don't think you have anything to be concerned about.
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Thank you!!
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