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Sand from outside

My brother is visiting my mom in the High Desert for a few days so I was wondering if the sand from up there could be used in a aquarium.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 08-25-2012, 01:02 PM
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ah, you never know what your getting when you go out and scoop it up.

to be on the safe side, i would just pay a couple bucks for some PFS and be done with it

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I'm sure it's fine, just test some in a bucket overnight, measure the TDS and pH after... unless it was used as a nuclear test site

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I agree, just rinse it well and make sure it does not alter the ph or add a lot of tds which would indicate something other than sand being present.

You can also use play sand from the hardware store at about $4 for 50 pounds. Pool filter sand is another option that is clean and inexpensive.

I live near the beach and have used a thin layer on an otherwise bare bottom community tank and it acts as my ph buffer since it is partially made up of tiny pieces of shell.

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Ditto: Test some with GH, KH, pH kits and TDS meter.

Then test with some fish (not the really expensive breeders)

Sometimes sand will have more heavy metals than is good.

Pool filter sand is a good option.
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Thanks, I tried to get the Pool Filter Sand but I can't find it anywhere. I had play sand but did not really like it.
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With PFS, Playsand, Blasting grit all we really can count on it that it was screened to a specific uniform size. None of them that we commonly use is rated by the FDA as Potable water source approved filter media. So we don't have any clue as to heavy metals or and other non-desireable contaminate in those anymore than this high desert sand in question. I haven't read about anyone testing Play Sand or PFS.

OP - I suggest use a little common sense as to the collection point i.e.. not near a highway, truck stop, uranium mine, landfill etc. Screen out the scorpions, rinses it good and put it in the tank. Start with a few snails. Then a single healthily fish, if all is good after a wk. add another fish.
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