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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-08-2009, 05:34 AM Thread Starter
 
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Sand for freshwater tank

will it be safe to put sand in a freshwater tank i have 1 rainbow shark,4 clown loaches,2 neon tetras,2 guppys

And im not getting it from the beach i will buy it
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 06-08-2009, 06:31 AM
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I'm using PFS (Pool Filter Sand) in my 55gal tank and it's all good...
As long as it's inert you shouldn't have a problem. If don't know where that sand comes from, try to wash it very well. If not you're risking the tank to any bacterias, pollutants, fertilizer etc... that i might have.
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I have play sand in my tank. Looks great and holds down the plants very well. I also like how all the gunk just lays on top of the sand. It makes cleaning much easier. Only issue I have is that there are no nutrients in it so root tab ferts are needed if you want your plants to thrive.

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If you like the look of white sand silica sand is also choice. It's normally sold as sandblasting sand or decor sand. $10 for a 50lb bag at home depot.
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paver sand looks good to me too.. it's a brown color.

There's also a brick red color too.. Could be interesting but too bright for me.


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I like the paver sand, pool filter sand, and play sand. All look different but nice in their own way. As said, wash the heck out of it.
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Completely new to plants and these boards, but not tanks with sand, I am looking at my 90gallon tank with 20# silica sand as I type. Pool Filter Sand and 20# (grit) silica sand are one and the same. The grain size is signifigantly larger and more regular than play sand - which can contain pretty much anything. The 20#/PFS is way, way, way easier to clean than play sand and drops quite rapidly out of the water column if it is stirred up for any reason - read it won't get into your filters. Because of the larger grain size, it won't compact as much as play sand, whether that is good or bad - guess that is up to you.

Here is a link to a simple way of cleaning sand if you are not sure what is involved.

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Completely new to plants and these boards, but not tanks with sand, I am looking at my 90gallon tank with 20# silica sand as I type. Pool Filter Sand and 20# (grit) silica sand are one and the same. The grain size is signifigantly larger and more regular than play sand - which can contain pretty much anything. The 20#/PFS is way, way, way easier to clean than play sand and drops quite rapidly out of the water column if it is stirred up for any reason - read it won't get into your filters. Because of the larger grain size, it won't compact as much as play sand, whether that is good or bad - guess that is up to you.

Here is a link to a simple way of cleaning sand if you are not sure what is involved.

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I like river sand from landscaper $3 for big bag. I didn't rinse it. Just sifted wood particles out of it. It is best to put plastic over it when filling, otherwise dirt may come up through the sand.

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I use blasting sand - nice large grains. If you read the warnings on a bag of play sand, you'll never let your kids or the cat into another sandbox. It's toxic. The quarry in Monterey is a long way from Oceania but your local supplier might recognise some of the details on the bag for grain size (e.g. #2-/16). Given the size of the grains, it was very easy to rinse clean. Here's a pic...

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