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sand for media in tank

I know that sand is a good media, someone told me this, but my question is, has anyone tried quickcrete pool filter sand for the aquarium. they say its 100% silica sand, or so I am told,

I can get this at my local home depot, if it's not recommended or no one never tried using it, then I'll stay away from it


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Pool filter sand is an excellent choice for an inert substrate. Cheap and looks good. Never actually used the quickrete brand; but so long as its 100% Silica sand you should be fine. But it wont help you grow plants.

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Here's a search result using "Quikrete" in the substrate sub-forum.
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https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/se...rchid=41088209

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Filter sand is a pretty common item that can be super or super bad. If you like the look, it can be found from a light tan to really bright white. I look around the stack for the part that leaks out and judge the color. Love it for being much cleaner and takes much less rinsing to get it clean. I get it at pool supply stores.
But the downside depends on how your tank runs. If you have HOB filters which run the water past the impeller and then the media, sand can be bad. Put sand in with fish who sift and spit sand and they will spit it on the intake to the filter which can cause you a new impeller!
I like a variety of sizes and colors so use some sand, some gravel and some dirt, plus Flourite. The fish and currents tend to sift and arrange it all in a natural way that suits what I like.
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Daisy, nothing came up, when I pressed the link.
is is no good?
forgot to mention, using sand, for a discus planted tank
thanks all for the comments
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I use regular quickcrete play sand from home depot, and i have heard a lot of people use pool filter sand, if you want cheap black sand i use black diamond blasting sand from tractor supply, so yes it all works as long as you wash it. to get the dust out of it. i have used sand in all my planted tanks. i never buy from the pet stores.

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Daisy, nothing came up, when I pressed the link.
is is no good?
forgot to mention, using sand, for a discus planted tank
thanks all for the comments
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That's weird, when I tested it on preview it worked. I guess it's only good for so long.

Anyway, when you go to the substrate subforum, and punch in quickrete as a search item there's a whole bunch of threads on it.

From what I remember over the several months, Quikrete is a commonly used brand.

@discuspaul recommends sand for discus and pool filter sand seems to be popular for a lot of people. It varies a lot though, so if you have the opportunity to look at a sample from the bag that's probably your best bet.

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