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JohnnyD44 02-20-2009 09:13 PM

Frustrated with Sand!!!!

So I drove to both Lowes AND Home Depot today in search of some white play sand. It didn't even have to be "white" it could have been a light light tan color.....

To no avail, BOTH Lowes and Home Depot only had the tanish play sand!!!! So that was a wasted trip, except for the tile cutter I picked up on sale!!! :-D

I then drove to my LFS to see what they had....of course the only sand they had was some "imported from the sandy beaches of blah blah blah blah blah" come on!!!!!!!!

So, needless to say, I'm frustrated. Does anybody know if Pool Filter sand would work if I could find the right color? I wouldn't mind the tan color, but I have tan gravel now and was looking to lighten up the tank and make things better for the cories I wanna get.

Help!!!! Please don't telll me I might as well buy the sand imported from some beach on a tropical island I can't afford to visit!! haha:-D

aunt kymmie 02-20-2009 09:42 PM

That's so odd. Both the Lowes & Home Depot in my area carry Quikrete premium play sand. I always thought that it would be a standard item all stores would stock. Can you call Home Depot or Lowes and inquire about Quikcrete and see if it's something they can get for you?? Maybe they stock it in an odd place in the store??

aspects 02-20-2009 10:05 PM

See if yoy can get in contact with your local sandblasing supplier. They will have silica sand in 40 different grain sizes. Make sure you get silica and not quartz. If you can find them you're looking at a 100# bag for next to nothing.

aunt kymmie 02-20-2009 10:07 PM

Wow. That's a great idea! Being able to pick your grain size would be awesome.

JohnnyD44 02-20-2009 10:12 PM

the bag at lowes was a bag of quickrete sand....but it was that tanish color.

thanks for the advice about the sandblasting!!

If I can find one around here, what grain size do you reccommend?

aspects 02-20-2009 10:29 PM

It realy depends what you're into. I've gone as fine as 40 (I believe. Its been a long time since I've bought substrate).
They should have it either in little baggies or test tubes so you can see samples of grain size. I don't suggest going real fine though. I've had problems with fish kicking it up into the intake of my canisters. And the finer the grain, the longer it takes to settle.

aspects 02-20-2009 10:32 PM


Originally Posted by aunt kymmie (Post 173955)
Wow. That's a great idea! Being able to pick your grain size would be awesome.

Tricks of the trade maam. Tricks of the trade.
Sometimes they have different shades too. So you could actually pick out how white you want it too.

Fishcricker 02-20-2009 10:53 PM

Do you perhaps have a sand and gravel dealer in your area? You could use Natural sand found there.

JohnnyD44 02-21-2009 10:06 AM

So I called the local sand plasting place.....they said the only white-ish sand they have is off the beaches of Wildwood, NJ....been there, it's super fine he said. Which wouldn't be good for my filters.

Would Pool Filter sand work? i got a pool shop right around the corner!

THanks for all your help so far guys!

aspects 02-21-2009 02:10 PM

Yup. Pool filter sand is also commonly used.

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