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Question What kind of sand should I use?

I was thinking about putting pool filter sand as a cap for my MGOPM but I was wondering if they have any colors that look like real sand (the tan color).

I have seen some threads where it is used and it seems to be super white. Are there other colors as well?

If not, what is a good alternative? I have heard that regular play sand isn't the best option.
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There are several varieties of pool filter sand. Some natural, some white, some even look pink. Just depends upon the brand you buy.

Check out a few home improvement stores/hardware stores and check pool supply companies.

If you don't like pool filter sand, there's blasting grit, Safe T Sorb, Turface, regular sand at your local pet store, et al.


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Quickrete premium play sand is tan in color, comes already screened and rinsed. Make sure to get MGOCPM not MGOPS. Snuffy317
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There are several varieties of pool filter sand. Some natural, some white, some even look pink. Just depends upon the brand you buy.

Check out a few home improvement stores/hardware stores and check pool supply companies.

If you don't like pool filter sand, there's blasting grit, Safe T Sorb, Turface, regular sand at your local pet store, et al.

Yes, PFS comes in several colors - depends on your location.
In addition to the colors mentioned by somewhat shocked, it also comes in a darker beige/sand color, and light grey.
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Quickrete premium play sand is tan in color, comes already screened and rinsed. Make sure to get MGOCPM not MGOPS. Snuffy317

Have you used this product before?

I noticed it at my local hardware store for like $8.00 for a 25 kg bag which seems reasonable.
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Have you used this product before?

I noticed it at my local hardware store for like $8.00 for a 25 kg bag which seems reasonable.
Yes , I have it in a 75gl. settles right back quickly after a strong tail swipe. I've got it as a cap over a chicken byproduct organic mix. Just need to make sure your stems get thru it to the dirt. That 50lb bag at lowes is $3.53
http://www.lowes.com/pd_10392-286-11...3006085&rpp=16

Mine is a little thin in a couple spots, should have got a second bag.
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I am in Canada and don't have Lowes but I saw it online at Home Depot so I will check it out there.

I have read some people say it gets compacted due to the small size of the grains and needs to be mixed up a bit or there are gas pockets?!? Ever had any problems with that?

Appreciate your time and help!
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So I went to the store and they only have the gray colored play sand. It wouldn't be a very nice look for the tank so I am going to have to think of something else.

Will take a look at a couple pool supply stores this week to see about pool filter sand.
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I am in Canada and don't have Lowes but I saw it online at Home Depot so I will check it out there.

I have read some people say it gets compacted due to the small size of the grains and needs to be mixed up a bit or there are gas pockets?!? Ever had any problems with that?

Appreciate your time and help!
I do have some spots that want to almost crust, maybe what they are talking about. I use a 1/8 rigid tube coupled to another 1/8 rigid tube and then that much 1/8 soft tubing coupled to that to vac barebottom tanks and I use that to stir those areas up the best I can. Was my first planted tank and didnt want to experiment expensively. All in all , its been a good fun learning experience. My bristlenose ancistrus(sp) love it , Ignored all the caves I bought and burrowed their own one even under one of the caves,lol. Snuffy317
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You could go with black instead. Far less messy than play sand and makes plants and fish pop!

I have black diamond blasting sand, bought it for $5 I think and it looks fine.
Here's a thread on it to see what it looks like.
http://https://www.plantedtank.net/fo...d.php?t=153192
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Quickrete premium play sand

This is what it looks like----
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Yea that is the color I would like to find. I am going to check a couple other places to see if they have the tan colored sand and not the greyish color. The normal tan colored sand seems more natural to me.
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Yea that is the color I would like to find. I am going to check a couple other places to see if they have the tan colored sand and not the greyish color. The normal tan colored sand seems more natural to me.
If you can't find the tan color you're looking for, golfer, you might want to consider the off white, which I feel looks pretty natural - to me at least.
Langley Bi-Water on the Langley By-Pass (Hwy #10 near 206th or 207th Ave.) has this one:
http://s1105.photobucket.com/albums/...ul/lolliblues2

I feel the fish & plant colors really stand out against the white - and it gives the tank a nice bright look and feel.
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Thanks for the pictures and info. So it isn't too white looking?

It seems to have a mix of white and tan colors? Your tank looks great and yea the lighter color with the plants is pretty cool.

What is the brand name of the pool filter sand?
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Thanks for the pictures and info. So it isn't too white looking?

It seems to have a mix of white and tan colors? Your tank looks great and yea the lighter color with the plants is pretty cool.

What is the brand name of the pool filter sand?
It's a generic, no-name brand - nothing on the package to identify it.
But it's the only PFS that Langley Bi-Water has and sells, and it is a great substrate. Been using it for years. It is a good density - #20 grade.

Clean, no dust, dirt or grime - needs no rinsing - will not cloud the water.
Grows plants well using root tab ferts. Will not free-float into the water column when disturbed, nor get into filter impeller assemblies to clog them up, nor will it get siphoned out when using a standard vacuum tube.
I wouldn't be without it. It's great.

Does it look too white for you ? - It doesn't to me.
The pics are pretty good - shows the coloration quite true to life - as it really appears.

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