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Best place to get gravel?
Old 03-05-2012, 04:13 PM   #31
 
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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.
Just checked out the sand, it is legit sand and not gravel like your aquariums show.
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Old 03-05-2012, 04:15 PM   #32
 
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Gravel is $11 for 25lb bag @ Walmart
Grave is $16 for 25lb bag @ PetSmart

Everywhere else its almost $20 or more. Home depot gravel has too much powdered dirt.
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Old 03-05-2012, 05:37 PM   #33
 
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Yeah I just checked walmart. Black gravel for $3.48 for 5 lb bags. Not too bad codiserig chain pet store sell the the same size bags for $5. Think I make just go this route. I wonder how many bags I will need to fill the 125 gal tank??!
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:47 PM   #34
 
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Just checked out the sand, it is legit sand and not gravel like your aquariums show.
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I don't follow this...I do not have gravel in those tanks that were pictured in this thread, that is Quikrete Play Sand from Home Depot.
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Old 03-05-2012, 08:03 PM   #35
 
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The old rule of thumb is one pound per gallon; however, I saw a formula that says multiply the length in inches by the width in inches of your tank, drop the last number and that is how much you need in pounds for about a 2 inch average depth. For example, a 10 x 20 tank would need 20 lbs for a 2 inch depth of gravel. I think that latter makes more sense. Using the pound per gallon rule, I always wind up needing more. Also, some people think that larger tanks, like yours, need a deeper layer of gravel to look good.

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Old 03-05-2012, 08:08 PM   #36
 
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I'm really glad to have gotten to read through this thread. We've got the natural rock look (with requisite shiny bobbles) in the new tank. But, as I'm working on it, I'm planning the Dream Tank, which would have sand instead. So glad to see the information about where to find good, inert sand before making some sort of terrible mistake or spending hundreds of dollars trying to fill the tank.
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Old 03-05-2012, 09:41 PM   #37
 
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I don't follow this...I do not have gravel in those tanks that were pictured in this thread, that is Quikrete Play Sand from Home Depot.
Told you man, I'm so back in forth, lol. Looking at your tanks it looks like gravel. Is there any way I could see a closeup picture of your substrate?
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