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Beach sand look for nano - any ideas?

Hi there!

Have a small nano tank that I'm looking to get about five pounds of substrate for. I want it to look like beach sand, or as close is as reasonable, but play sand comes in 50lb bags. Any commercial substrates out there that you think looks close to beach sand that comes in smaller quantities? I was thinking about Caribsea instant aquarium in crystal river or sunset gold - any feedback or pics? Haven't used that particular type before and can't find much in the line of clear pics.

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I like caribsea but I dont really think it looks like beach sand in any colour.
However pool filter sand looks about as beachy as real beach sand...
You also get 50 pound bags.
I got one for a small bowl of mine and quickly used it all on various other projects.


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Play sand. Home depot. Cost me 3.75
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HA! I know, but I live in an apartment and have NO idea what I'd do with the other 45 lbs. I like the look of play sand best but I need such a small quantity. I don't think my trash guy would appreciate a 45 lb bag of play sand in my can next week
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Ok, seems gas fireplaces use silica sand for keeping things cool, sell it in nice little 8lb bags at ace. Anyone have any thoughts on that? I'm already assuming I'd have to rinse the snot out of it, but since play sand is essentially washed silica sand it might work, right?
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I have been using playground sand in my non planted tanks for years. If you want plants to do well you might want to have some a more nutrient rich bottom layer or use a lots of root tabs. Then cap with sand.

Playground sand is silica sand ( may cause cancer in the state of CA) I wanted to set up a sand box for my daughter. I got all freaked out because play ground sand has lots of silica and the dust that has been linked too Heath problems. But that's a different story.

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Check the reptile section at your local petsmart/petco. They sell beach colored sand in smaller bags. Just rinse it well.
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