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post #21 of 37 Old 03-03-2012, 01:14 PM
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These are the too I saw, but nothing byt the exact name you mentioned.

50 lb. Play Sand-40100301 at The Home Depot

50 lb. Pool Filter Sand-115350 at The Home Depot
This is the sand I have:
Quikrete | Playsand 30kg | Home Depot Canada

Without seeing what the sand you linked actually looks like, I couldn't say if it is similar or not, or better. "Tan" is what the store calls the Quikrete play sand I believe, but again I would want to see it before I bought it.

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This is the sand I have:
Quikrete | Playsand 30kg | Home Depot Canada

Without seeing what the sand you linked actually looks like, I couldn't say if it is similar or not, or better. "Tan" is what the store calls the Quikrete play sand I believe, but again I would want to see it before I bought it.
Yeah they have that same one at Lowes. So I will go and check that out today.

125Gal: 7 Silver Dollars, 1 Albino BN Plecos, 1 Green Terror, 1 Gold Severum, Red Severum, 8 Rio Cahals, and 2 Festivum

55Gal: 3 German Blue Rams, 2 Bolivian Rams, 1 Super Red Pleco, 9 Bloodfin Tetras, and 9 Oto Catfish

29Gal: Quarentine/Hospital Tank

20Gal: Female Pastel Ball Python
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This is the sand I have:
Quikrete | Playsand 30kg | Home Depot Canada

Without seeing what the sand you linked actually looks like, I couldn't say if it is similar or not, or better. "Tan" is what the store calls the Quikrete play sand I believe, but again I would want to see it before I bought it.
So this is good for soft bellied fish? And how did you prep it, did you just rinse it off?

125Gal: 7 Silver Dollars, 1 Albino BN Plecos, 1 Green Terror, 1 Gold Severum, Red Severum, 8 Rio Cahals, and 2 Festivum

55Gal: 3 German Blue Rams, 2 Bolivian Rams, 1 Super Red Pleco, 9 Bloodfin Tetras, and 9 Oto Catfish

29Gal: Quarentine/Hospital Tank

20Gal: Female Pastel Ball Python
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So this is good for soft bellied fish? And how did you prep it, did you just rinse it off?
The playsand is fine for all fish. I have my corys and loaches over this, they love it.

Takes lots and lots and lots of rinsing to remove all the dirt. But in the end, worth it.

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Sounds like a plan

125Gal: 7 Silver Dollars, 1 Albino BN Plecos, 1 Green Terror, 1 Gold Severum, Red Severum, 8 Rio Cahals, and 2 Festivum

55Gal: 3 German Blue Rams, 2 Bolivian Rams, 1 Super Red Pleco, 9 Bloodfin Tetras, and 9 Oto Catfish

29Gal: Quarentine/Hospital Tank

20Gal: Female Pastel Ball Python
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post #26 of 37 Old 03-03-2012, 06:51 PM
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Byron, your tanks are absolutely beautiful. Of course, I expected that.

The substrate in your photos looks like small gravel to me. Is this just a matter of terminology, or what ? The Play Sand at my Home Depot (I work there) is tan and has the consistency of beach sand.
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Byron, your tanks are absolutely beautiful. Of course, I expected that.

The substrate in your photos looks like small gravel to me. Is this just a matter of terminology, or what ? The Play Sand at my Home Depot (I work there) is tan and has the consistency of beach sand.
If it is Quikrete Play Sand, that is what I have in the tanks pictured in this thread. The sand looks different wet under daylight tubes than it does dry, but it is quite a nice sand.

And thanks for the compliments.

Byron.

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Well, I've always wanted to try sand, but I think that wasn't considered to be a good idea in the old days. Something about it compacting too tightly around plant roots. Your plants prove that wrong.
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Well, I've always wanted to try sand, but I think that wasn't considered to be a good idea in the old days. Something about it compacting too tightly around plant roots. Your plants prove that wrong.
I held off trying sand for just this reason. And there is validity in the compaction issue, if one is not careful. Any substrate will compact, and the finer the material the more it compacts. But plant roots (substrate plants) work against this, as do Malaysian Livebearing snails. My sand substrates are shallower than my gravel used to be.

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I used to have the Malaysian Live-bearing Snails. We called them horn of plenty snails. Can't even remember how I acquired them; however, I remember that we always thought that they were part of the secret recipe for healthy plants. When I say we, I'm talking about two old friends and I back when we were teenagers...a million years ago. You could plant a 29 gallon aquarium luxuriantly for about $10 back then.
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