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post #1 of 11 Old 01-21-2014, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
Play sand, CaribSea, or pool filter sand?

I'm switching to sand but I don't know which type to use. This will be used by cory cats, so any experience with this? I'll be getting it in the color black if that helps...


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post #2 of 11 Old 01-22-2014, 11:33 AM
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I've used PFS and TMS with cories and had no problems with them. I had play sand in a turtle tank and it was very fine and dirty.. You've REALLY got to rinse it.

I also had a problem with PFS compacting so do make sure to stir that stuff up if you get it. I had plant roots rotting.. No problem with TMS but I'm not sure if that's just because I do stir the sand more and have plenty of MTS to stir things up as well.
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post #3 of 11 Old 01-22-2014, 11:36 AM
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Play sand, CaribSea, or pool filter sand?

I don't think they make black pool filter sand or black play sand.

Pool filter sand is my preferred sand.

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post #4 of 11 Old 01-22-2014, 05:07 PM
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I've seen people talk about having black pool filter sand. I haven't seen it local, but I'm sure they aren't lying lol.

I've also heard good things about using blasting sand from tractor supply co. That's black and cheap.
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post #5 of 11 Old 01-22-2014, 06:36 PM
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I've never seen anyone mention it before. I wonder what it's made of.

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post #6 of 11 Old 02-18-2014, 05:08 PM
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I am a convert from play sand to pool filter sand.
As someone has already said, it is much cleaner that PS.
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post #7 of 11 Old 02-20-2014, 02:15 PM
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I've started to acquire the necessities to change my former QT to NPT. Guess what,! Lowe's here doesn't carry any Pool filter sand. They claim that Petsmart here carries it. I had to get home to prepare dinner so I haven't checked it out.

I'm beginning to think that this is the worst place in the world to keep fish. The Pet&^#@ chains don't carry anything but the cheap easy stuff. I also can't find any potting soil w/o ferts. It is too expensive to ship that stuff (soil & sand) in. Buying it from the chains puts the cost up like anything else sold but them for aquaria.

I haven't checked HD yet and there is a local sand & gravel company. I suspect that a request for 25 to 50 # of sand will result in much hilarity.

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post #8 of 11 Old 02-20-2014, 02:28 PM
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I buy it at Leslie's Pools and Spas.
Sand from a sand company will be very dirty.
Play Sand just needs a great deal of washing.
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post #9 of 11 Old 02-20-2014, 02:33 PM
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I used playsand. It requires HOURS of washing. Spend whatever you have to for good quality aquarium sand. If money is an issue though, the playsand is great once its been thoroughly cleaned.
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post #10 of 11 Old 02-20-2014, 06:51 PM
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i have seen black/brownish pool filter sand.but it is not aquarium safe and has pyrite in it.
also,would not use blasting sand with corys.too sharp and the recycled stuff has metal shavings in it.

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