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post #1 of 11 Old 12-07-2013, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
You guys had me afraid of sand - easy!

I was a little nervous going with sand in my 180 gallon aquarium I am setting up. I heard horror stories about how long it takes to rinse.
I said screw it and bought 180 lbs from the Petco web site. I got it for $14 a bag and it only cost $5.99 to ship all 180 lbs

This stuff is awesome - heavy enough not to float and it only took about 5 minutes to clean a 20 pound bag. water turns crystal clear in minutes.

Dark black color and almost no loss of weight from rinsing. So worth the price.
Highly recommended.

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post #2 of 11 Old 12-07-2013, 01:31 PM
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Petco sand is actually a very fine gravel if you bought the store brand.


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Agreed but isn't all sand a very fine gravel?
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post #4 of 11 Old 12-07-2013, 02:09 PM
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The petco stuff is a little sharper than playsand, it's more like pool filter or blasting sand.
It does have the advantage of being available in black, and it's easier to clean as it's intended for aquarium use.
It has the disadvantage of costing $14 a bag (the 20 pounder I'm guessing) as opposed to less than $5 per 50 pound bag for playsand.
I'll also wager that it'll have a lot less free silicates associated with it as well.
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The petco stuff is a little sharper than playsand, it's more like pool filter or blasting sand.
It does have the advantage of being available in black, and it's easier to clean as it's intended for aquarium use.
It has the disadvantage of costing $14 a bag (the 20 pounder I'm guessing) as opposed to less than $5 per 50 pound bag for playsand.
I'll also wager that it'll have a lot less free silicates associated with it as well.
Almost no dust whatsoever. so easy to clean.
I thought $14 a bag was a good price to get the sand in black. Considering what I paid for the whole set-up, the $126 for 180 lbs was a drop in the bucket.
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post #6 of 11 Old 12-07-2013, 02:36 PM
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My last bag of black was a bit dusty but overall not bad.
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post #7 of 11 Old 12-07-2013, 04:15 PM
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I used black blasting sand in my shrimp tank and that ran $8.99 per 50lb bag at TSC. It only took a few minutes to wash the entire bag. It doesn't compact like the play sand in my 75g which is nice.

10g - Red Cherry Shirmp
20g long - SE Asia "Biotope"
30g - Jasper's (GF) Tank
75g - South American "Biotope"
Plenty of empties...
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post #8 of 11 Old 12-07-2013, 04:19 PM
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$126 for a 6 foot tank's worth of black sand with minimal cleanup doesn't sound too bad to me at all.
I almost bought that stuff for my 65, but I thought it was too coarse for the cories I wanted to keep so I went for the playsand and spent close to 6 hours washing the 2 bags I bought.
In hindsight spending the $42 for 3 bags of the black with minimal washing effort would probably been worth it
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$126 for a 6 foot tank's worth of black sand with minimal cleanup doesn't sound too bad to me at all.
I almost bought that stuff for my 65, but I thought it was too coarse for the cories I wanted to keep so I went for the playsand and spent close to 6 hours washing the 2 bags I bought.
In hindsight spending the $42 for 3 bags of the black with minimal washing effort would probably been worth it
I want to get some clown loaches. Do you think the sand is too coarse?
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post #10 of 11 Old 12-07-2013, 05:49 PM
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I would say no, just keep an eye on them. (:
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