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post #16 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-08-2012, 03:24 AM
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What is this sakrete all-purpose sand you mentioned DogFish? Can you purchase it at a store or only online? Would you recommend it over CaribSea sand?...
Look at Home Depot, Lowes or Ace Hardware stores. Around $4.99 a 40# bag. It's used for laying patio pavers, or mixing concrete. The only thing "special" about it is that as const. grade sand goes it isn't to "dirty".
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post #17 of 19 (permalink) Old 07-08-2012, 03:30 AM
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Pool Filter Sand and 'pool sand' are the same thing. That's what AquaQuartz is. Typically about $3-4 for 50 pounds.

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I don't think I want to use pool sand just because it isn't natural and kind of plain in color. At my LFS today I saw they carry Caribsea and there were two color combinations that I would consider.

What is this sakrete all-purpose sand you mentioned DogFish? Can you purchase it at a store or only online? Would you recommend it over CaribSea sand?

And where is PFS found at? From comments, it is sounding like it's easily found at Home Depot? I think I want to go check it out to see if it looks anything like the AquaQuartz posted above.

To clarify I will dose liquid ferts and probably purchase root tabs. And I don't care if the sand it pure white, I just want something lighter in color.
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on the sakrete sand, its really cheap. when it goes in the water it is noticeably darker than when its dry. i was told that the sand is very close to what amazon river substrate would be like. thats why i used it for my biotope tank
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Thanks for the clarification on these. Great information. I'll be stopping by Ace this week.

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