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pool filter sand.

I am looking to start using a different substrate in my planted tank besides rocks. I have vals, a sprite, 1 sword, some hairgrass, and a moth ball..

Now, I want to start using maybe pool filter sand. I know it has silica in it, and I am wondering if it would be harmful to my fish and plants.

I have 1 hifin platy, neon tetras, an oto, and alot of glass shrimp.

Would it be better for my shrimp to use sand rather than rocks?

If this sand is harmful, what do you recommend I use?

Any information would be great as I am new to all of this
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I know it has silica in it, and I am wondering if it would be harmful to my fish and plants.
Pretty much all sand has silica in it. It shouldn't be an issue.


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Yea, I knew it did. I just have read that some sands have warnings about inhaling fumes and I would just think it would be harmful for fish. Idk. Just trying to be careful I do t want to cause harm to my fish shrimp or plants
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Play sand is what I use in my 50 gal and ATM there's over 40 fish in there healthy and happy .. got it at home depot, 3 bucks for 50 pounds... Win
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Just put it in a big bucket and run a water hose in it until it runs clear, make sure to agitate it a lot. I don't think a little silica dust is harmful to fish, but it certainly makes for a cloudy tank...
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Hmm. I never thought of play sand. Wouldn't it get hard after a while?

I will definitely make sure I clean whatever I get really good
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Not sure if it gets hard, don't see why it would especially since I'll be having Cory cats roaming around playing in it
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I had just read that somewhere. Definitely doesn't mean it will. I will surely consider the play sand. Its cheaper and probably has the same benefits
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play sand doesn't get hard. it's just like any other sand, really.

except for that crayola colored sand, that would probably pack down.

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Play sand is finer than pool filter sand, and not as constant or clean. It is more likely to compact than pool filter sand.

Standard 10 Gallon (20 x12x12).
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Play sand, from what I've been told, is also more likely to float with any agitation than pool filter sand

I personally just got 3 50lb bags of pool filter sand and really like it. Have it in a 40B and a 20L right now. I got it specifically because the 20L will have cories and the 40B will have a congo puffer (buries itself in sand, needs something soft/safe)

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I have found that pool filter sand from a pool supply company is better than the pool filter sand form Home Depot. For it is whiter, and needs less rinsing.

I have had river sand for a few years in my tank. I have had to only sift the larger pieces out. No rinsing needed like with pool filter sand or river sand. It is brown and doesn't get dirty easy like the other sands. Lately the top of it has been getting black and thick like the tar found on the beaches.

Sand is cheaper than other substrates but most seem to needs more attention to keep looking good. Next trying black beauty blasting sand. Perhaps it will easier to deal with.
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