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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-01-2010, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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Question Sewer Sand?

has anyone ever used "Sewer Sand"? It a kind of sand that is used for things that require drainage like sand mound septic fields. It has been pre washed to remove very small particulates. It also has a shape that will not compact and will retain drainage for many years in the field. I am looking for a light colored sandy substrate for things like loaches that like to dig but will not cause dust storms.

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Around here we call it "Bank Run". I don't know why it wouldn't work. You can get it for almost nothing at a Sand/Gravel yard. My local yard will even give you a few drywall buckets full.


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i think it's called paving sand here. I have it in my tank now.

It's a nice sand since it has sand mixed in with fine gravel. It looks very natural. Only problem is you have to wash the heck out of it.

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my wife is looking for a light substrate in her tank which is only lightly planted.

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Any pool/spa store will have pool filter sand (PFC) for about $8-$10 per 50lb bags which is about the best sand you can get since it's clean and between 1mm-2mm in size. But any sand will work as long as it's between 1mm to 3mm anything finer will compact which is a bad thing.

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