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Question play sand and pool filter sand

im wondering about the play sand from wal mart and why it says "not for aquarium use" i think the bag said it had some silicates in it. does anyone know why its not supposed to be used?

also the pool store i went to told me NOT to use their sand in aquaria. it was pretty fine, i forgot to ask for the grit size.. could this also have silicates in it? are silicates even the culprit?

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They just don't want to be responsible if your fish die, it's just silica sand. I've used it with no problems, it's the most inert sand you can get.

A couple things to watch out for is make sure the sand doesn't have shell pieces in it. I had this happen before and I couldn't get my tank below pH 7.8. Pool sand is probably the safest bet for that. Second, if the sand is too fine, it's very hard to siphon without sucking up the sand also.


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Many products say not for aquarium use for liability issues. Ignore it. Same with the people at the pool store. That said, you can get PFS cheaper at the BORG.
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the BORG? sounds like a club..
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They sell pool sand?!

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I've used play sand in my 10 gallon, and my fish were all fine. No losses
Plus I love the look of sand.


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I just put pool sand in a 55G tank. Got it at Lowes for around $6 per 50 lbs.

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I have a 14' x 14' x 12'' sandbox in my backyard...literally...lol

I have no shortage of asnd for my aquariums...lol, so naturally, I've used play sand before.

I've had it in a 10 gallon with no problems, and I currently have it in my 20 long with my N. multifasciatus. I've never had issues with it, but make sure you rinse it really well. It takes forever to rinse, and you'll lose about half of what you started with, but in the end, it's defaintly worth it.

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The only thing I don't like about play sand is how the waste sits on top, easier to clean but u-g-l-y, plus I've converted the playsand tank to low maintenance so it's really an issue now. Mulm falls through the cracks easier in pool filter sand.

That said, all my plants do fine in play sand, trumpet snails keep it from compacting.

FYI, don't ever tell anyone you're using something for an aquarium, even in a pet store every question gets you a bogus answer. I love the look on old timers' faces when I tell them I purposely dump N and P in my tank every other day

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The only thing I don't like about play sand is how the waste sits on top, easier to clean but u-g-l-y, plus I've converted the playsand tank to low maintenance so it's really an issue now. Mulm falls through the cracks easier in pool filter sand.

That said, all my plants do fine in play sand, trumpet snails keep it from compacting.

FYI, don't ever tell anyone you're using something for an aquarium, even in a pet store every question gets you a bogus answer. I love the look on old timers' faces when I tell them I purposely dump N and P in my tank every other day

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waste does sit on top, but i find this to be desirable because i can clean it up easy, sort of the same way you clean easily clean a bare bottom tank. i use play sand in all my tanks. its cheap and looks natural.


i have to agree on never telling people youre using stuff for an aquarium.
i think less than 1% of anybody will have any idea of what youre talking about.

somebody on here described this saying that they will give you the same look a deer gives a passing train, they get confused..then spit out some unapplicable answer

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lol yeah the people at a Pinch a Penny were just like 'how dare you use this in anything but a pool??'

thanks guys! probably gona go with PFS for my new tank.
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One thing worth mentioning, not all pool filter sand is that unnatural white color. I just picked up a bag and it's multi-colored with tans and browns through out; similar to play sand. It still has the bigger granules though, about .5mm in size. It's nice stuff, especially for $8.75 per 50 pounds.


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thats what i'm looking for, the darker kind so it doesn't wash out my fish.
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the BORG? sounds like a club..
Yes, Big Orange Retail Giant, aka Home Depot
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