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Are there any online vendors that sell Pool Filter Sand?

I am having the biggest problem getting some Pool Filter Sand, to use in a planted tank. Are there any online sources?
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If you could find it online, would you really want it? It would be inherently expensive to ship because it's heavy. Stuff like Schultz AquaSoil and SMS are very lightweight compared to sand, and most people make a big effort to get those locally, so...
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Find you local pool supply store, like Leslie's. Below is link to their locations in Lexington and the surrounding area. I've heard of places like Home Depot and Lowe's having pool filter sand as well, but I wasn't able to locate any there. As an alternative, look for blasting sand. It's usually the same thing, just a different name because it's used for a different purpose. Just be sure it says it's pure silica sand. That's all pfs is anyway.

http://leslies.know-where.com/leslie...region=KY%2CUS
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I bought mine at Lowe's a couple months ago. I'm sure as the weather gets warmer and people start getting their pools ready for the summer there will be more on display.

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If you're interested in colorquartz, go to 3M.com and find a local distributor.

I'm getting 50lbs for $22.23 plus tax.



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I just bought some pool filter sand from Home Depot yesterday. It cost $4 and change for a 50 lb bag.
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I just bought some pool filter sand from Home Depot yesterday. It cost $4 and change for a 50 lb bag.
I purchased some of same stuff today. Have you used any yet? I have 55 gallon with red sms currently and wanted to give this a try.
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Try to rinse it if you can. I just tossed it in the tank and dealt with a dust cloud for a week. After it settled, I put a powerhead (only) in the tank, and it looks kind of hazy still.
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Try to rinse it if you can. I just tossed it in the tank and dealt with a dust cloud for a week. After it settled, I put a powerhead (only) in the tank, and it looks kind of hazy still.
Thanks. I just put it in my tank yesterday without rinsing it. (With all the rain we had in the morning, I didn't want be outside rinising it. )

I am running the XP3 on it with the top compartment filled with filter floss, and by this morning it is about 95% clear. I figured with a 50% water change, I should be fine.
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Sorry i'm new at this planted aquarium, But i just bought one bag of black florite for a new aquarium i got, its a 20 gal 30"X12X12, so its not enough to fill the tank to get a 2-4" substrate, Am I supposed to mix this substrate 50/50 with the pool sand if i'm trying to save money?? (student trying to save money). I shouldn't use plain sand filter due to no nutrients right?

And can you find this pool sand filter at lowes? lol its closer to my apt.

Thanks,
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Sorry i'm new at this planted aquarium, But i just bought one bag of black florite for a new aquarium i got, its a 20 gal 30"X12X12, so its not enough to fill the tank to get a 2-4" substrate, Am I supposed to mix this substrate 50/50 with the pool sand if i'm trying to save money?? (student trying to save money). I shouldn't use plain sand filter due to no nutrients right?

And can you find this pool sand filter at lowes? lol its closer to my apt.

Thanks,
Pinch a penney pool store for folks in florida have it $8-$10 per 50 ilb bag

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Sorry i'm new at this planted aquarium, But i just bought one bag of black florite for a new aquarium i got, its a 20 gal 30"X12X12, so its not enough to fill the tank to get a 2-4" substrate, Am I supposed to mix this substrate 50/50 with the pool sand if i'm trying to save money?? (student trying to save money). I shouldn't use plain sand filter due to no nutrients right?

And can you find this pool sand filter at lowes? lol its closer to my apt.

Thanks,
Plain sand works fine as a substrate. You might need to supplement with some root tabs, but many do this even with expensive "for plant" substrates anyhow. If you mix 50/50, chances are good that it won't stay mixed for long, but that doesn't really matter either.

I always had the best luck finding pool filter sand at hot tub supply stores. They almost always have it all year around.

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Don't mix the substrates unless you like the look of them mixed together.

If you got the Fluorite black, it mixes really well with black Colorquartz, and Colorquartz is around $25 for a 50lb bag.





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Sorry i'm new at this planted aquarium, But i just bought one bag of black florite for a new aquarium i got, its a 20 gal 30"X12X12, so its not enough to fill the tank to get a 2-4" substrate, Am I supposed to mix this substrate 50/50 with the pool sand if i'm trying to save money?? (student trying to save money). I shouldn't use plain sand filter due to no nutrients right?

And can you find this pool sand filter at lowes? lol its closer to my apt.

Thanks,
you said you wanted to go with an iwagani(sp?) scape with hairgrass and such plants right? well make sure to get a fine substrate. hairgrass loves that stuff

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