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Pool Filter Sand

What is a fine pool filter sand that works well for cories?
Doesn't really have to be pool filter sand but just a fine sand.
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Anything that says "quartz" and is fine ;-) Pool filter sand of any type will be good. In some garden stores they might have nice choice of quartz sands (different grains, different colors). Just beware of anything with basalt - even small grains will be horribly sharp.


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- 33x21x22 cm
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Home Depot or Lowes carries 50lb sacks of play sand for less than $5. If you specifically wanted a black sand I would look for Tractor Supply and Black Diamond Blasting Sand.

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As far as I know any silica (pool filter) sand will be fine. Also, play sand from the bix box stores works. In both cases, wash (er rinse) well to remove the 'fines' (dust like particulates).

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Hi GustavoMoura,

I don't know if you will find it where you live or not but most Ace Hardware locations can order it in for you; HTH Pool Filter Sand is probably one of the best; all quartz, inert, and relatively clean. Although it is not the cheapest it is not expensive either. Take a look at the comments for the product and how many come from aquarium hobbyists and what they say.


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Just wish that was slightly darker in color.


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I use the Lighthouse brand of PFS sold in Leslie's Pool Stores. Not sure if it's any darker than the HTH brand. That's what's in all my tanks. I would stay away from play sand. The smaller grain size makes it difficult to vacuum and it gets compacted and anaerobic much easier.

Upper left is play sand, just to the right is PFS.

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Just wish that was slightly darker in color.
In some of my tanks, it darkens a little as it develops a faint patina of surface algae - nothing invasive, just the kind you might expect a dusting of on hardscape. Sometimes the algae patina never comes at all. One of those mysteries of aquaria.
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