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Re: [APD] Re: planted sand substrate
I've used filter sand in small amounts along with Flourite.
The sand I used was basically quartz. I got the break down
on the contents from the producer.
The material is likely to be locally produced, or as
locally as possible because shipping costs are steep for
such heavy material. So what you can get is not necessarily
like what I can get. Pool filter sand is usually very clean
and just a very light rinse might be necessary to remove
the small amount of dust created during packaging and
Pool filter sand is often silica sand, processed from
quartz material or dug up from open pits.
If the name on the bag doesn't get you anywhere -- the name
on the stuff I used didn't help me -- this site might help
you track down the source:
--- Laura Burbage <leuhrich at yahoo_com> wrote:
> Hi Reggie,
> I'm about to try using pool filter sand in some of my
> tanks. Supposedly it is pretty much pre-washed, so
> that people can use it to filter their pool water.
> I'm not sure, but I bet it's unlikely to alter water
> chemistry too much, since pool people are worried
> about that, too. I paid $7.99 at a pool supply store
> for a 50 lb bag. I've used play sand in the past, and
> I have to wash it a gazillion times, it's so muddy.
> Also, pool filter sand is a slightly larger grain than
> play sand, and is supposedly all the same grain size.
> Does anyone have any experience with this material?
> Message: 5
> Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2004 08:32:08 -0500
> From: Jamie Johnson <Jamie_Johnson at gel.com>
> Subject: [APD] Re: planted sand substrate
> To: aquatic-plants at actwin_com
> > Reggie Bustinza <numbr_9 at hotmail_com> wrote:
> > Hi, all. I am getting some pygmy cories and some
> Neo lamprologus
> > multifaciatus (for different tanks). From what I've
> read, both fish
> > preferred sandy substrates. I am currently using
> fluorite in both
> > tanks. Is there a readily available sand type that
> won't buffer the
> > Any help is, as always, appreciated.
> Play sand from Lowe's, Home Depot, Walmart, etc. Put
> several handfuls
> in a bowl and
> rinse it several times, pouring off the dirty water.
> It will not alter
> the water
> chemistry. It will however over time, work it's way
> down through the
> Fluorite and if
> you put enough to take that in account, it may compact
> your already
> open substrate.
> Multis like harsh Tanganyikan water; high pH, high
> mineral hardness,
> high alk., which
> aren't conducive to planted tanks. If you can, and you
> won't be sorry,
> get the Multis a
> 10 or 15 gallon sand, shell, and large rock cave tank.
> They'll be much
> happier and will
> intrigue you every day which their moving, building,
> and breeding
> skills. They're
> shelldwellers and you can't have enough shells for
> them. They also mine
> sand with the
> passion of a compulsive disorder fish!
> I had 5 fish 2 years ago, now I have at least 75! They
> are all sizes
> and fit in very
> well with my 55G Tanganyikan community. They can hold
> their own with
> most medium
> aggressive Tanganyikans!
> Jamie <"///><
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