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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 09-14-2019, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
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Play sand from Home depo, or Menards

I am starting up a shrimp tank, and want to go sort of cheep.
Might have a few Kuhli Loaches in there also so I figured sand was a good idea.

I have searched the posts and I do think that I am ok with that type of sand.
I have seen blasting sand, pool filter sand, Quikrete Medium Grade All Purpose sand, l and some sort of peace river also.

What is the difference?

But the color of the play sand I thought would work.

Am I good with play sand from Home depo or Menards?

Also, how deep should I go?
Plan on having it planted, I have a crypt farm in the main tank.
Along with some stems.

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I have tried the BDBS and it looked good but didn't like it overall. Went with the quikcrete medium sand which is basically a cheap pool filter sand style. My Cory cats seem to really like it, plants do good (considering my low tech setup), shrimp do good on it, doesn't change my water parameters any. It's cleaned and sifted so uniform size and takes about 3 minutes to wash before putting in tank.

The play sand has been used but it's various sized, takes much more cleaning before ready to use but does have a different look.

If u like the look of pool filter type sand go with the medium sakrete IMHO, you are going to get a lot of various opinions on this one so be ready.

I have several inches in back tapering to 1.5 or so up front.


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FYI Sakrete Commercial Medium sand is the one I went with. It's the 100lb bag for like $8 and is good quality. Believe quikcrete has similar.

It says it can be used in pool filters on the bag.


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Pool filter sand can get little pieces stuck in the throat if you have a container in it (trust me, I've drank out of a container with it poured heavily on the top layer), but has the advantage of apparently not going bad if it's thick. Lowe's has what looks like Home Depot's play sand in their outdoor section and is cheaper, but may have to wash it more.
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Pool filter sand can get little pieces stuck in the throat if you have a container in it (trust me, I've drank out of a container with it poured heavily on the top layer), but has the advantage of apparently not going bad if it's thick.
This doesn't make sense to me? Maybe you forgot part of the message to explain what this means?
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I think they are saying that it will not go anaerobic even if it's in a deep layer?

But to the OP, I've heard BDBS can be sharp, so not the best perhaps for loaches. As Quint said, other people have used play sand in the past and I know I regularly see it suggested as an option, so I'm sure it would work fine for you
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Oh man, I think that I really like the CaribSea Peace River Gravel , but costs a fortune.

What the heck,,,,,

How many 20 pound bags do you think for a 55 gallon?
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I found this - https://www.aqua-calc.com/calculate/...tangular-solid

Looks like between 2 - 3 bags for a 55, assuming you want an inch or two.
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Big difference in sands, here on left is HTH pool filter sand, $12 for 50lb at ACE, good 1-3mm size and pore structure, similar to peace river. On right is other stuff most will sell as play or pool sand for $6/50lb, way to fine and I would not go over about .75Ē using that fine a sand.

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Please don't feed the trolls .

My wife says if I get one more aquarium she is going to leave me . I sure am going to miss her fried chicken .
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I am using #20 pool filter sand in my 75 gallon, brand is Gillibrand. Itís extremely uniform and natural-ish with its look. I also have BDBS in my 40 breeder with no ill effects on my cories, even having them breed accidentally and a couple babies making it through. Nice long barbels and clean, good bellies.

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I am using #20 pool filter sand in my 75 gallon, brand is Gillibrand. Itís extremely uniform and natural-ish with its look. I also have BDBS in my 40 breeder with no ill effects on my cories, even having them breed accidentally and a couple babies making it through. Nice long barbels and clean, good bellies.

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That gillibrand looks perfect, properly graded in size. Where did you find it and how much was it?
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That gillibrand looks perfect, properly graded in size. Where did you find it and how much was it?


I was able to get some at a local pool supplies and service store, little mom and pop. $9.99 per bag.


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I picked up three bags of Carib Sea Super Naturals,,,,, ouch.
That and a three foot long piece of drift wood,,,,, ouch.

I spent more then I did on the used tank, stand, and filter.

Probably should have gone with the pool sand.

But I really like the color, and the grain size looks good.
I hit home depot and the play sand looked way too fine.
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I picked up three bags of Carib Sea Super Naturals,,,,, ouch.

That and a three foot long piece of drift wood,,,,, ouch.



I spent more then I did on the used tank, stand, and filter.



Probably should have gone with the pool sand.



But I really like the color, and the grain size looks good.

I hit home depot and the play sand looked way too fine.


I have some of the Caribsea Super Naturals sand, itís also super fine but very consistent. It hasnít caused any issues for me and itís absolutely beautiful. Good choice!


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