Originally Posted by zof
I agree, play sand is usually dug from a dry sand pit where any aquatic baddies probably wont live, if it was me though I would dry out all the river sand first for a week or two and if you want to be extra paranoid wash it in a bleach solution during the washing process.
I love sand but HATE washing/sifting it the several times needed to help prevent clouding which I hate even more.
I once spent the better part of an afternoon, rinsing 90 lbs of sand to go in 80 gallon tank .
After placing it in the tank and then filling the tank with water ,decor,and then fish, I plugged in the filter and water splashing from the return ,splashed up and hit the shop light I had clamped to the aquarium and the bulb shattered and hundreds of the pieces of glass fell into the aquarium
I then had to remove the fish ,drain the tank and sift what glass I could find from the sand, and finally gave up and pulled all of the sand out, and rinsed another couple bags of sand.
In small tank,if river/creek sand was all I could find,,I would prolly boil it in stock pot, before sifting and using it in my aquarium.