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post #21 of 41 Old 03-17-2013, 03:27 PM
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Drs. Foster and Smith sells sand, although it's expensive, around $15 a bag. But you can see some of the commonly available colors.
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post #22 of 41 Old 03-17-2013, 04:36 PM
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I agree about the coloration; here is my Quickrite Premium Play sand from Home Depot:

I do see what you mean about the Brochis blending nicely into the substrate. As long as he is comfortable enough to come out so I can see him once in a while, I would be OK with him on this sand. I'm not sure what a whole 75 gallon would look like, though; I'm afraid it would be blinding. I like the look of your sand better.
Photos can be deceptive when it comes to colour...but if the play sand you can get is as white as what it appears in that photo, I would certainly not use it. I can even see white reflecting up onto the fish.

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post #23 of 41 Old 03-17-2013, 06:29 PM
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I have gotten Quickrite Premium Play sand from Home Depot and it is pretty white compared to just the Play sand from Quickrite. Now it still looks nothing like the sand Byron has in his tanks. I have looked forever for sand locally that looks like that and can't find it!

Here is the just the Play sand from Quickrite and it does look bright in the tank but I just did a pretty major trimming on my Water sprite.





Heres a closer shot of the sand


Like I said this is the darkest sand I can get that is playsand.
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post #24 of 41 Old 03-17-2013, 06:53 PM
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Mine looks similar to Boredomb's but a little less white and more beige. It's just the kind in the regular plastic bag, I don't think it was the premium.
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In person my looks more beige Jen. My light messies with color of it some. Now before I rinsed it and it was in the bag it was really beige!

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post #26 of 41 Old 03-17-2013, 07:09 PM
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Sounds like you've got things under control, but I wanted to add that when I changed from gravel to my sand (back when the tank was a 29) I actually scooped the gravel into clean pantyhose and left them in the tank for a while to give the bacteria a chance to catch up to all of my messing around. It looked pretty silly for a few weeks - I removed the 'rock socks' one by one with each water change. Depending on how established your tank is, it probably isn't necessary. . . I'm a worry wart when it comes to stuff like this. . . just wanted to be really careful not to toss my then fairly-new tank into a cycle. . . I've also seen a similar method to Sara's used, only with a 2 liter soda bottle rather than a bag. . . just be sure to pre-wash the sand!
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post #27 of 41 Old 03-17-2013, 07:44 PM
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Yeah, yours looks pretty white in the pic but they're probably pretty similar in person.
I'm wondering if there's a difference regionally or just between America/Canada. I think JDM has playsand, and he lives in Canada. Need to get a close-up pic of it....
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I am sure it is a regional issue Jen because if I could get sand here in TN that looked like Byrons I would have it in my tanks in a heartbeat!

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post #29 of 41 Old 03-17-2013, 11:58 PM
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Nope, JDM doesn't have Quikcrete, but his looks a bit like Byron's. I wonder if our sand is beach sand...? Urg, Byron's is so pretty! Mine is just...bleh.
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post #30 of 41 Old 03-18-2013, 12:35 AM
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Agreed mine is....Bleh too!!!!! Though its the best I can get without spending an arm and a leg!!!
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