01-22-2014, 12:47 PM
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Originally Posted by jaysee
Sand works great in freshwater tanks. My favorite to use is pool filter sand, which can be found at any pool/spa supply store as well as in hardware stores (seasonally). It's sand that is used in pool filters. The grains offer huge amounts of surface area for bacteria to grow, as well as trapping large particles (in the pool filter).
Don't use beach sand - there's stuff in it, and it's WAY to fine. If you like the beach sand look, then you can get the caribsea supernaturals moonlight sand. If you go with a sand that fine, you'll want to switch your filtration to a canister or else it will constantly foul the impeller. Pool filter sand is much larger grains and is heavier so it does not get kicked up and swept away in the water column like the fine sands do.
Awesome, I will definitely have to stop by a pool store then. I am not tied to the beach look because, frankly, I don't really know what the difference is between that or any other type of look with sand :)