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Old 01-18-2010, 04:36 PM   #1 
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using sand in tank

I was wondering if I should use sand for my fish tank. Is it hard to clean it, does it make the tank look dirty, and if I do get some, does it have to be specially treated?
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:34 PM   #2 
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um........ Hello anybody?????
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Old 01-18-2010, 06:43 PM   #3 
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I don't know much about sand but I know that people use play sand from places like Home Depot. It needs to be rinsed well before putting it in your tank and it can be cleaned with a gravel vac. Hopefully someone who has sand will reply to this thread and give you more advice.
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Old 01-19-2010, 03:29 PM   #4 
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well IM thinking either river rocks (kinda large round rocks) or sand for when I get a tank
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Old 01-19-2010, 03:42 PM   #5 
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i use sand from home depot, the play sand, rinse it ALOT and when you see it runs clear...........RINSE again and again. youll have a very very cloudy tank for a while if you dont. i also have black sand from petsmart, i LOVE the way it looks with certain color bettas, amazing

i love the natural colored sand in my natural tanks. also have riverrock in my tanks too, i got it at a dollar store for $1 for 2 lbs, cant beat that price!
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Old 01-19-2010, 03:50 PM   #6 
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ya I dont want to pay like $20 for sand ( I did read in some post ppl buying sand from homedepot) but the thing about sand its a little to fine and could easily cloud the tank and I heard of ppl buying very fine gravel thats like sand from like petsmart or petsco but thats heka expensive.

Did you say you got the rocks from the dollar store??? thats a heka good deal:)
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Old 01-19-2010, 05:12 PM   #7 
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no the sand doesnt STAY cloudy, only if u disturb it alot.............or not rinse it well

ya the black sand was $25 for 20lbs...........home depot play sand was $2.49 for 50lbs
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:34 PM   #8 
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ya I think im gonna go with tha rocks when i get my betta unless i cant find some for a good deal and homedepo probably has sum for cheap
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Old 01-20-2010, 04:18 PM   #9 
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I worked at home depot, and we ALWAYS were having bags of sand getting holes in them. Ask for the department head or manager, and see if he/she has any damaged bags they will give you for cheap.

But like Christina Ross said, a bag is only 3 bucks or so for 50 lbs!
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ya i was thinking that but does home depo sell small round rocksfor cheap (ive seen ppl fish tanks with small rocks that looks nice)
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