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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-08-2007, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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Good sand for foreground?

Does anyone know where I can find smaller packages of sand for a foreground? Home depot play sand comes in like 50 lb bags, and I don't want to get that much. I have also seen that "marine" sand that LFS's sell, but it's coated with something, and I don't like that ridiculously white color. Any other options?

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If there are any mom-n-pop nurseries around you could ask them for what you need--they would probably give it to you.

The art deco sand at a crafts store, but I have no idea what's done to it, whether or not its "aquarium safe", and it will probably cost as much as the 50lb bag from HD.

What I did was buy the 50lb, use what I needed and kept the rest for "future reference". Its $3-4/bag here--You can afford to throw the excess out in the yard, if need be.....

Let me guess: this is for a nano, right?


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Some is for the nano, some is for my 55. Should I be looking for play sand or pool filter sand?

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I've used both play sand and pool filter sand in the past, both will work but I lean towards the pool filter sand myself.

The filter sands color is more pleasing in color to me (has some blacks and greys mixed in) plus I believe its less sharp grained than the play sand, which is easier on any bottom feeders not to mention impellers.


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