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Old 08-17-2012, 07:47 AM   #1 
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Aquarium Sand vs Pool Filter Sand

So I've made the decision to go with sand in my 20G. But I don't know which type of sand would be best.

Cost difference aside, is one "cleaner" than the other? It seems the aquarium sand is pretty fine...would that make it harder to clean?

I know a lot of people are going with PFS, and it seems like a good choice. Someone told me I can get a 50lb bag for $15CDN at a pool place not far from my house. But is aquarium sand better for tanks, or does it matter?

Also, if I were to go with aquarium sand, how much would I need for a 20G tall tank?

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Old 08-17-2012, 08:47 AM   #2 
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The sand I use is CaribeaSea Aquarium Sand (color=black). It is easy to clean and it sinks well. Even with the black color I don't have any trouble with dyes leeching out into the water. However, you will notice that sand that is on sale for $22 is clearly expensive. BUying my sand wasn't the most frugal choice I've made in my life, but I don't regret it. :)

My two 5 gallon long tanks have the footprint of 10 gallon tanks and I needed 1 bag for both tanks to have enough sand for live plants to root. So you should be good with 1 bag for 20 gallons. Unless it is a 20 gallon long tank with the footprint of a 29 gallon tank (like the tank I will one day set up). Then you would need two bags.

I will also mention that my sand isn't the only aquarium sand on the planet. It just happens to be the only sand on the planet I can give price, cleaniness, and needed amount estimates based on experience. But you will never find aquarium sand that is cheap for a larger amount like pool filter sand. T_T

I've never used PFS, so I can't make a comparison. Maybe someone else will be able to give you the other side of the story. :)
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Old 08-17-2012, 12:21 PM   #3 
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it doesnt matter, both are inert so wont harm your tank, it is just a matter of preference.
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