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post #1 of 27 Old 08-02-2012, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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Sand help/questions

I want to use sand in a 20g. However, I looked at my local Petsmart and they didn't have any sand for fish, only gravel. They did have sand for reptiles and crabs. Would any of that work, or no? I looked on eBay and we can't afford how much sand is once it is shipped. What/where can I get what I need? Thanks

Edit: Is this okay? It would be better if we didn't have to order sand, though.
http://www.amazon.com/SubstrateSource-Black-Sand-3-pounds/dp/B005V33CXS/ref=sr_1_30?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1343951388&sr=1-30&keywords=aquarium+sand

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post #2 of 27 Old 08-02-2012, 07:13 PM
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I want to use sand in a 20g. However, I looked at my local Petsmart and they didn't have any sand for fish, only gravel. They did have sand for reptiles and crabs. Would any of that work, or no? I looked on eBay and we can't afford how much sand is once it is shipped. What/where can I get what I need? Thanks

Edit: Is this okay? It would be better if we didn't have to order sand, though.
Black Sand - 3 pounds: Amazon.com: Pet Supplies
that will work but a 50 lb bag of pool filter sand is the same just a different color.get a 5 gallon pale like $3.00 for 1 and clean it.poor the hole bag in the bucket and let water run threw it as you twurl ur hand in deep to get it to clean up.once the water is clean then ur good.

this stuff is what i use on all my tanks.homedepot or lowes your choice
Shop QUIKRETE 50 Lb. Play Sand Sand at Lowes.com
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post #3 of 27 Old 08-02-2012, 08:34 PM
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Where I'm at, Home Depot sells the Quikrete play sand for around $4. Lowes also has it, but it is under a different name (at least here it is). One bag will be plenty as I did the same thing in my 20g.

Like said previously, just take some time and rinse it really good. The more you rinse the less cloudy your tank will be.
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post #4 of 27 Old 08-02-2012, 09:46 PM Thread Starter
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Hmm, so I can use either pool filter or play sand? Which is better? Thank you

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post #5 of 27 Old 08-03-2012, 12:48 AM
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Hmm, so I can use either pool filter or play sand? Which is better? Thank you
they are the same but i believe pool filter sand is finer than play sand.
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they are the same but i believe pool filter sand is finer than play sand.
Any clue as to which gets stirred up more easily? That could be a little messy when we try to clean.

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Pool filter sand is perfect. It does not get kicked up in the water column and it does not compact. It isn't easy to suck up with a siphon, either.

One thing - definitely do NOT put the whole 50 lb bag in the 5 gallon bucket to clean it. Not if you want to get it clean. It's really best to wash maybe 10 lbs at a time. Less sand means more water which leads to cleaner sand when washing.

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Agree. I always wash in small batches, way easier.

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post #9 of 27 Old 08-03-2012, 10:46 AM
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Pool filter sand is perfect. It does not get kicked up in the water column and it does not compact. It isn't easy to suck up with a siphon, either.

One thing - definitely do NOT put the whole 50 lb bag in the 5 gallon bucket to clean it. Not if you want to get it clean. It's really best to wash maybe 10 lbs at a time. Less sand means more water which leads to cleaner sand when washing.
i cleaned my 150 lbs of it in 3 hrs that way.when i put it in it didnt even cloud.when i did it your way the first time it took me almost the day and it clouded my tank for almost a week.
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post #10 of 27 Old 08-03-2012, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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Alright. Dumb question: What do I put in first, sand or water?

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