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will play sand alone grow plants in it
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It will if you add fert tabs for your heavy root feeders and other ferts to the water column.
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pool filter sand will work better it wont pack down as much preventing root growth

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I will definitely back the recommendation of pool filter sand. It's the best to work with, hands down. (And I've tried 3M colorquartz and playsand)


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It also depends on what gets classified as "play sand" where you buy it. Most is quite fine, which means it packs too much. But some is larger grained and perfectly okay. Play sand in a shallow layer is great for fish like corydoras because they love to sift through it and it is smoother so it won't damage the barbels.

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I use play sand and my plants grow very well and are nice and green. But with the addition of ferts, root tabs, lighting, and c02

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2x but without tabs
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the pool sand works great and is, i think 4.50 for 25lbs at lowes
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What's in the "Builders Sand version" that I've heard to stay away from??
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will play sand alone grow plants in it
honestly for ideal plant growth it depends what kind of plants you have, i have Dracaena, Spathiphyllum, trichomanes, and sygonium in a 75 gar (carnivour) tank that love to grow in sand, but my Hygrophila Difformis turns yellow when its plnated in sand, compared to the big and bushy green ones i have in my 125 friendly tank with a brown play sand, peat moss, and small pebble substrate but almost anything will grow in anything with the right nutrients like they said
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the pool sand works great and is, i think 4.50 for 25lbs at lowes
Is this sand a natural color like the plain gravel that one could buy at walmart? Or is it white?
Does it come in only one size or is there a choice that I need to look for?
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Is this sand a natural color like the plain gravel that one could buy at walmart? Or is it white?
Does it come in only one size or is there a choice that I need to look for?
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Yeah to me it looks very natural the color is brownish, pretty much the color you see in sand boxes. I only saw one kind a home Depot.. IMO Play sand is very good just have to clean it very well

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Before you buy the sand from Lowes or Home Depot go to your local masonry shop and look at the silica sand they have to offer. Or look for a place that offers snad for sand blasting. Just make sure its Silica sand. I bought my silica sand(pool filter sand) from a masonry supply store and got a 100lb bag of #16 sand for $6.50. It is bigger than what they offer at the home improvement stores and IMO it allows the roots to really grow well because it is a large grained sand and it also allows the root feeders to get a better supply of root ferts because of the large grains compared to the small grains.
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What's in the "Builders Sand version" that I've heard to stay away from??
I can't remember the details, but basically, builder's sand, ie concrete mixing sand or paver sand, does not meet certain health standards or is not tested for it as play sand and pool filter sand is. Play sand obviously has to be safe enough for kids to roll around in and stick in their mouths, and pool filter sand has to be inert to avoid altering pool chemistry, as well as not pose a threat to swimmers. I can't remember the possible "bad" contents of builder's sand but it is unlikely you want it in the aquarium.


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