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Old 01-19-2014, 03:07 PM   #1
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Where can I buy cheap sand that will not alter PH?


Hello,

I am need of some cheap sand that will not raise the PH level of my tanks.

Looking for something in a natural med-dark color and preferably with a varied grain size.

If you have seen anything around locally I would appritiate some info.

I live in Columbus OH and thus have about every major retailer near by. (Lowe's, Menard's, HD, Etc.)

I have a few 40gB projects I would like to get going soon.
> An Apisto/Hatchfish/?? tank and a Hillstream tank!!! <

Thanks!
-Cory
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Old 01-19-2014, 03:39 PM   #2
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Pool filter sand (HD) and blasting sand 20/40 grit (tractor supply) are 2 options..they are 50lb bags under $10 here
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or safe t sorb, its not a sand but has a nice grain size and alters nothing. it also can be bought at tractor supply for really cheap. just wash it well
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"a varied grain size." That would be playsand or construction sand (Sakrete)
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Old 01-21-2014, 09:24 PM   #5
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why the varied grain size?

I think an even grain size would be better, and would allow more pore space and have less compaction, and I would think this would be more suitable for plants.

That said, any silicate-based sand (pool filter, most play sand/paver sand) should be fine.
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The reason I am looking for varied grain size is that I want it to look more natural. I setting up a 40gB tank that will house Apistogramma/ Hatchet Fish/??? Substrate will be shallow and will likely not have many if any rooted plants.

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Paver sand has a nice natural look to it. It even has little pebbles in it making it seem like a river bed. You can get it at lowes/Home Depot.


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Paver sand has a nice natural look to it. It even has little pebbles in it making it seem like a river bed. You can get it at lowes/Home Depot.



But for me, there was a down side when I used construction sand. Eventually the surface is all fine pebbles. I wanted some contrast. I experimented with construction sand in some "high flow" areas, some PFS in the "low flow" areas to get a stream look. It look correct but was more high maintenance than I cared for.

I switch to all PFS in my tanks as Cap for my MTS. Overall much happier.

BOTH were equal as a Cap layer.
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Play sand, rinsed thoroughly, then strained to get out the larger pieces. Looks great.
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But for me, there was a down side when I used construction sand. Eventually the surface is all fine pebbles. I wanted some contrast. I experimented with construction sand in some "high flow" areas, some PFS in the "low flow" areas to get a stream look. It look correct but was more high maintenance than I cared for.

I switch to all PFS in my tanks as Cap for my MTS. Overall much happier.

BOTH were equal as a Cap layer.
Yeah, That's true about the settling. I use pool filter sand too.

You can get that at the local pool shop.
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Pool filter sand is good stuff. It's clean, uniform, larger grained so it doesn't fly around everywhere and cheap. I found it at my local chain pool supply store for $15 per 50 pound bag. My plants have been doing well in it, too.
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For the sand I really prefer the pool filter sand . I hate buying the cheap stuff which has no set standards only to find it came out of the RED River and will never come clean even after all day rinsing. I go for the quick and clean and then mix other items to get the variety I want. Sand, Flourite and creek gravel are what I now have. My fish are diggers who redo the tank any time they choose anyway!
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The reason I am looking for varied grain size is that I want it to look more natural. I setting up a 40gB tank that will house Apistogramma/ Hatchet Fish/??? Substrate will be shallow and will likely not have many if any rooted plants.

Thanks for the replies and suggestions!
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If you just like the look of varied grain size, sure. However, often times rivers/streams will sort the substrate based on particle size. Higher-flow areas have larger particles, the finer sands and silts don't drop out of the water column until there is a slow/sheltered area. Nature does some pretty effective sorting by grain size.
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