I picked up a bag of play sand the other day and got around to the cleaning part today... More to test it than too get any appreciable amount cleaned.
What a mess! There is so much fine fine sand in there than I thought there might be. I wouldn't one surprised to get slightly more than half when I am done.
I was planning on mixing play sand with some aquarium sand for colour adjustment, perhaps, but I see why aquarium sand may be a better choice up front even given the cost.
Then there is the pool filter sand... is it much better than play sand? I would think so as it is not supposed to go through the pool equipment.
Sources of sand that I can think of: Play sand:
cheap but messy to clean and finer than is probably good Sandblasting sand:
designed to be gritty so probably rough on fish faces. Loufa anyone? Pool filter sand
: hoping it is cleaner and larger grained My rock pile:
pretty cheap, washed but who knows what else is in it, it came with the 35 year old house... I had to dispose of some old hydro poles... how do you spell PCB anyway? Aquarium sand
: colour choices, clean (relatively), course-ish... Expensive
Off to the local pool supply store to check out their sand. I think one is a client of mine, I'll stop there first. Either that or just wait for the boxing week sale at the LFS. Apparently EVERYTHING in the store is 20 to 50% off ... I wonder if I can get our tank setup and stocked in 5 days...NOT!