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Old 07-01-2013, 04:59 PM   #11 
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I have the Tahitian Moon sand by Caribsea and absolutely love it. I also got their white sand and it is very fine and very soft.

I had pool filter sand and loved everything about it except that the kind I got was bright white. Other than that, it had a nice texture to it as well.
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Yeah, the moonlight (white) sand is super fine and easily fouls HOB filter motors.
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Old 07-01-2013, 05:55 PM   #13 
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I have mine in my newt tank, with a submersed / internal filter. The filter is fairly week mind you, I think for either 5, maybe 10 gals.. The input is only about an inch from the sand and I've had no problems. The output is a positionable nozzle and it just sprays across the surface of the water, which doesn't stir up the sand at all. Of course, my newts do kick some up at times.

I wouldn't want to risk it with an expensive filter though..
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My concern about texture would be with abrasivness with burrowing snails and I am considering cory catfish. I am reading they need to have a non abrasive texture for their barbels. I went with 29 gallon tank for my sorority. I am not sure what kind of sand to use if I end up getting some. The pool sand I called about was a tan color. I only checked one place. I will use black in some tanks if the fish is not dark color. In the end I will be doing about 15 tanks so being reasonably priced would be a big plus. Mostly are 5 gallons. There will be one divided 10. There are few 2 gallons. I am doing one 20 long plant grow out tank for my tanks and for selling. So I am open to options.

For a few tanks where I am not doing a traditional NPT tank I am wanting to use this:

http://www.amazon.com/Stoney-River-A...=aquarium+sand

Will it clog a filter?

Where did you find blasting sand?
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Wow that's $3/lb! Probably the most expensive sand I've ever seen. No experience with it so I cannot say what it will do.
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:44 PM   #16 
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Black Diamond Blasting sand is from Tractor Supply. You just need to wash it first before you put it into the tank, it's 8.00 for a 50 pound bag. I've replaced it into every tank in the house over the last 3 weeks. I love it and my cories love it. They aren't having issues with it at all, they are pretty much the reason I switched, i love my cories.

As a side note, I have almost used the entire bag it was well worth the 8.00 and the amount of money we saved by using it instead of expensive sand. We used 30/60 grade.
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I recommend washing any sand you get - even the ones that are "prewashed". You can always put some in a bucket of water and give it a quick swish and see if it clouds the water. The only sand I've seen that doesn't need to be washed is petco sand.
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