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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-26-2018, 10:41 PM Thread Starter
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Beach sand for substrate ??

Gonna go on vacation to Gulf Shores before long. Starting a new tank and thought some white Florida sand would make some nice substrate. Would that work very well? Price is great too.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 05-27-2018, 06:06 PM
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I imagine its hard to control/ know what is exactly in the sand... also wouldnt the sand have alot of salt it in? I would just go with pool filter sand imo.
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Easy enough to rinse/soak the sand in a bleach water solution and then rinse thoroughly and lay out to dry. You'd be safe at that point, though you may find some of the sand to be too sharp, too coarse, contain lots of shell bits or other things that could mess with parameters for a while.

That's a big reason blasting sand and pool filter sand are so popular. It's like $5-$10 for 50-100 lbs depending on the market / sale.
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You also might want to check on the legality of removing beach sand and bringing soil to your state from another.
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Sounds entertaining but then the downside is the lack of control in the grain size. You are almost certain to get everything from larger, down to the dust. So to save less than $20, you may find you have to rinse and throw out half of what you bring home. So it takes maybe 1/2 hour to rinse it and then you get to screen it for bit of wood , etc only to finally get it into the tank and that can be the final big problem! The smaller the grain size, the more likely it is to be picked up by current or any work and wind up going into the filter where it get do some really expensive work. If you are using a canister, the water runs through the media before going to the impeller but on HOB the reverse is true and that sand will often stick between the impeller and shaft where it scores them and requires replacement.
Saving the $20 for pool sand may wind up costing you much more in time, effort, and new parts. Pool filter sand is graded to specific size without the small stuff.
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You also might want to check on the legality of removing beach sand and bringing soil to your state from another.
I think that this would be the main issue. Many states have large programs to rebuild beaches I'm not sure they would like people removing sand even if it is just a small amount for an aquarium. However I don't think it would be too hard to rinse and make it safe for aquariums.
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Not worth bothering with beach sand. Pool filter Sand is the perfect grain size and even throughout.

$10.99 for 50lb Bag - Leslies Pool

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