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Old 01-13-2012, 12:19 PM   #21 
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Exactly...even fake driftwood is expensive.xD I just practice patience and go out and find my own.
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Old 01-13-2012, 12:21 PM   #22 
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I agree xD when I get this 29 upstairs, I'm using the aqua-tech 20-40 for it, and using the aquaclear 20 for the 20... some reason the 20 came with the better filter o_O then I add driftwood and other natural stuff :)

I know I have seen this question a lot. Mind as well ask because I don't even know.... using sand... like, beach sand. bad idea?
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Old 01-13-2012, 12:38 PM   #23 
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The problem with beach sand is that its got critters in it..salt as well.I would sooner go with the safer route of buying it. I use Silica 2 sand. 2 stands for the size of the grain. You need to rinse it a bit before using though but otherwise its perfect. I have it in all of my tanks. A 40kg bag cost me 12 dollars. xD
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:02 PM   #24 
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ahh that makes more sense xD there's usually "no it's dirty" answers 'cept what do people do with driftwood that they don't want to buy? it's "dirty" too. I wish any place here sold sand I seriously need a trip up to the city
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:06 PM   #25 
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I bye mine from construction stores. You can probably go with play sand too as long as there is no major current. But playsand is way harder to clean in my opinion. As with anything you need to QT and treat it if need be. But usually bagged substrates are fine. I soak my driftwood not just to water log but to clean off any loose pieces and rinse off anything that may be on it.
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:23 PM   #26 
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I love coming across good info I've never heard of playsand being used...someone had asked me if they could use that "moon sand" stuff that is a structure in water, but when you pull it out it collapses into dry sand o_O I, said no ><
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ya that sounds too risky.

I've used playsand and has some issues with strong current tanks. It would kick up and get caught int the filter. But if you have a low current filter it'll stay put. Also be careful when doing water changes so it doesn't get into the filter. I use silica now because its heavier and coarser so it'll stay in place.
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:43 PM   #28 
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hmm lol I think I may just get the aquarium recommended sand sounds less risky
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Old 01-13-2012, 02:48 PM   #29 
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The aquarium sand can dot he same thing. :o it depends on the grain size. they are essentially the same thing. Just different sizes and colors. Although some may have nutrients added but if not tits just an expensive bag of sand. Silica suits all of my needs. Its white-whitish, slightly bigger so it doesnt kick up and aerates far easier. its also dirt cheap.
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lol well I have live plants here and there we have the gravel for plants... but it's soooo expensive for a lame 5 lbs bag -.-
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