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post #1 of 39 Old 09-06-2013, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
Play sand or pool sand?

Which San is better for freshwater. By better I mean easier to set up and clean. I have play sand in two of my tanks but have heard pool sand is easier to clean.


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post #2 of 39 Old 09-06-2013, 07:53 PM
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Pool sand is a breeze to clean compared to play sand. The major drawback with pool filter sand is that bright, blindingly white totally unnatural look.
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post #3 of 39 Old 09-06-2013, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
The play sand is a pain. It clouds up every water change.


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post #4 of 39 Old 09-06-2013, 08:21 PM
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Might not be cleaned enough then. I've used both, the pool sand in a 40B and the play sand in a 10. The pool filter sand never got cloudy and barely took a cleaning. I spent hours on the play sand and eventually got it to the point where with just some care I could prevent cloudiness even in the short tank. Both work, I just really hate that white color.
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post #5 of 39 Old 09-06-2013, 08:56 PM Thread Starter
Ya I cleaned the play sand for hours and did it in small amounts at a time so I could make sure it was clean.


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post #6 of 39 Old 09-06-2013, 09:51 PM
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Honestly I'd bypass both of them and go for black sand. I have a white sand tank and a black sand tank. The black sand just looks so much more natural. AND most black sands are made for aquariums so there is minimal cleaning needed. I washed my black sand... once. I washed my white sand for 4 hours and was still unbearably cloudy when I put it in the tank. I have the Estes Marine Reef sand. It's made for both saltwater and freshwater, so it doesn't have yucky saltwater stuff in it.
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post #7 of 39 Old 09-06-2013, 10:08 PM
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I have never used pool filter sand before so have no input on it other then from pics it looks sooo white!

Playsand or even multi purpose sand that looks natural is my choice. I really don't know how it takes y'all hours to clean it?? *scratches head* the longest I have spent cleaning it was an hour maybe and that was enough for 3" in my 55gallon. 20 gallon tote filled half way with the stuff rinsing it with the water hose outside with good pressure only takes like 30mins to do it. Maybe its just that I have done it soo much that I have it down to an art??

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post #8 of 39 Old 09-06-2013, 10:13 PM Thread Starter
I like the look of play sand so maybe you could tell us how u do it


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post #9 of 39 Old 09-06-2013, 10:25 PM
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I seriously just take a 20gallon tote pour in half the bag of sand into it. Then turn the water hose on a little more then half way. Then I stick it into the sand. While its filling up the tote I use the hose to stir the sand. I don't let the tote fill up with water through. I usually watch the lvl of water and it gets about half way up I tilt up one end of the tote to dump the water out while still stirring the sand. Usually I will also just leave it tilted and continue to rinse/stir till the water is clear. Usually doesn't take long. I have put a whole bag in there like that too. Once the water is clear while you are stirring you can put it in your tank and it should not cloud up on you. I have never had to cloud up on me doing this process.


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post #10 of 39 Old 09-06-2013, 11:15 PM Thread Starter
I used a five gallon bucket kinda the same way. I see how the tote would be faster tho


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