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Play sand or pool sand?
Old 09-07-2013, 07:07 AM   #11
 
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I have play sand in my 36 gallon tank and it never clouds during a water change. I cleaned it basically the same way as Boredomb.
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Old 09-07-2013, 07:41 AM   #12
 
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I bought pool filter sand from "club piscine" and the colour is black, brown and light, the grade is a bit bigger than sand, but looks very natural and works very well as a cap on soil for plants too. There was still a considerable amount of rinsing to do though, imo
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Old 09-07-2013, 01:32 PM   #13
 
i have both and ill have to say the pool filter sand is wonderful. the light color of mine i really like. downside is i can see every tiny lil piece of poo. now the play sand i have isnt as fine as the pool filter sand. it also hides more poo and looks more natural. i like it alot. and i was like 2.50 for a 50 pound bag. either one is nice. and works the same.
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Old 09-08-2013, 04:34 AM   #14
 
I guess I never really thought about color. Is there really that much difference


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Old 09-10-2013, 11:46 AM   #15
 
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I guess I never really thought about color. Is there really that much difference


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here you can tell that the first pic (pool filter sand) is more yellow ligth colored and here is the play sand. they both need washing but the pool filter sand needs a little less.
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:53 AM   #16
 
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Wow - my play sand looks nothing like that. It's very smooth and light tan, pretty even in color with none of those bigger pieces. I guess it depends where you buy it or maybe the brand.
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:58 AM   #17
 
yeH prob has alot to do with your location.
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:03 PM   #18
 
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It does have a lot to do with location because I have bought that same brand of playsand and it looks nothing like yours. Its more yellowish and smooth KPainter said.

To get sand that looks close to that I have to buy multi purpose sand from Sakrete at Lowes.
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Old 09-10-2013, 12:15 PM   #19
 
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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.
I have a couple of different pool filter sands and neither are anywhere near white. They are a very natural tan color. Brand probably plays a large role, but it is not fair to say that pool filter sand is white since many of the pool filter sands out there are not white. I've not seen white PFS, personally.

As for the color of lighter sands, how it looks in the bag dry and how it looks in the tank wet are two different things, in my experience.

As for not needing to wash black sand - try that with Tahitian moon sand....

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Old 09-10-2013, 12:32 PM   #20
 
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Here's a pic of the pool filter sand in my 90g before I added water, it looks even more brown after a while. So there are a multitude of colours out there, I just called around at pool and spa stores and asked what the colour of their pool filter sand was. They told me a mix of black/white and tan. There is black pool filter sand out there too.

Be careful not to get silica sand, this will cause a lot of diatoms (brown algae) in the future.
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