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I am getting ready to start a nano tank 2.5 gal. I want sand on the bottom, I have some playground sand. I also have a creek on my property that has a sandy bottom could I use it? I know that pool filter sand would be better but I only need a small amount and don't want to purchase 50lbs for 14$. Thanks lovemmth
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i really don't think the play sand will be any good, but the creek sand would be better. but i would advise it, since there could be bad bacteria. do u have another friend in the hobby, or maybe go to the swap and shop and find someone that lives near you.. they might give you enough for your small tank for free. happy fish keeping

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River sand will be fine. Rinse it well (it will be thoroughly silted and clayed up) and if your really scared about pathogens leave it on a tarpaulin in the sun to UV treat for a couple days then rinse again and cycle.
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River sand will be fine. Rinse it well (it will be thoroughly silted and clayed up) and if your really scared about pathogens leave it on a tarpaulin in the sun to UV treat for a couple days then rinse again and cycle.
agreed. u might want to bleach it... but safez way is better

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Thanks what about boiling it would that work?
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i don't think as much as Safez, but it would kinda work.

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7USD for a 5lbs CaribSea Naturals Sand at your pet store, should be enough to cover your 2.5gal 2 inches. Also alot of colors available, my favorite one is Tahitian Moon Sand which is black coloured sand.

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This quesition is only to educate myself. What does uv do that boiling will not?
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Boiling it is probably the most effective way of steralizing it cheap. I add alot of dirt, mud, and silts from different places growing plants and have not had any ill effects that im aware of. It certainly is possible so look for places with a good quality biosystem already going. Excessive algae and no plants is a bad idea w/o boiling first.

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uv can kill bleach, thats what i know, so after u bleach something, u put it out in the sun, and that bleach will mostly be gone.

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Treat the creek bed sand as you would mineralized top soil, and it should work. You can check the top of this forum on mineralizing.
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UV= Ultra Violet light ("high" energy photons) do more to disrupt cellular process of bacteria and microorganisms than boiling alone.

It is true that UV treatment (for example the sun) does heat objects (thermal radiation due to different wavelengths of light) but overly it affects critters at a cellular level by screwing up DNA.

The best sunscreen in the world is your skins melanin. It turns harmful cell destroying UV-A and UV-B radiation into heat.
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Thanks for all the advice. I think it is going to be creek sand, boiled then set in the sun to bleach. I have to remember this is only a 2.5 gallon tank so it would not be hard to redo if something goes wrong and the plants will be cuttings out of my other tank.
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I've always wondered what magical nasty bacteria people think they would get from your average creek... I'd not rinse it, or anything. The silt and sediment in that sand will be good for plants.
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I've always wondered what magical nasty bacteria people think they would get from your average creek... I'd not rinse it, or anything. The silt and sediment in that sand will be good for plants.

toxic phosphates, chemical spray run off, crap loads of clay, possible diseases present from fish dying because of the above reasons.

I live in Australia. And if there is a cane farm within a 5 mile radius of the creek... it's potentially contaminated.
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