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Old 12-23-2012, 11:36 PM   #1 
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Aquarium sand?

So, white sand for bottom media. Does it need to be aquarium sand, or does any decorative sand work? What I've got (and is unopened, so can be returned) is white sand for: "floral arrangements, fountains, etc." It's just plain white sand, no sparklies or anything weird....is it safe for the tanks? I was going to mix it with a small quantity of white gravel and then add in a few nice small smooth river rocks for variety. The gravel and rocks I know are safe...but I wanted to double check about the sand.

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Old 12-24-2012, 12:15 AM   #2 
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Is this something that came from a craft type store? Does it have a brand? Does it have any warning labels on it? Honestly I wouldn't trust any kind of sand coming from a craft store because there is a likelyhood of additives in there that you wouldn't find in sand processed specifically for the aquarium.
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:30 AM   #3 
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As long as it doesnt have any dye in it then it should be okay.
BUT play sand from hardware stores is seemed to be preferred.
I personally would rather go to the hardware store and get the play sand, its like $3 for a big bag of it?
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:31 AM   #4 
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As long as it doesnt have any dye in it then it should be okay.
BUT play sand from hardware stores is seemed to be preferred.
I personally would rather go to the hardware store and get the play sand, its like $3 for a big bag of it?
+1, absolutely.
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As long as it doesnt have any dye in it then it should be okay.
BUT play sand from hardware stores is seemed to be preferred.
I personally would rather go to the hardware store and get the play sand, its like $3 for a big bag of it?
It tends to run 3-5 bucks for a 50 pound bag. Needs rinsing though.
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