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Post Posted: Thu Jun 19, 2014 3:38 pm   Re: Sand FAQ

Yeah I don't know about the sterilizing
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Post Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 4:07 pm   Re: Sand FAQ

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Sandtastik-Pl ... e/46057382
What about this ? Would that be OK to use ? I can't seem to find any Mystic white pool sand In Indiana !
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Post Posted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 10:02 pm   Re: Sand FAQ

Check gardening/landscaping centers for pool filter sand. Also pool shops I guess. For play sand , I think most people get it at Lowes or Home Depot.
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Post Posted: Sat Mar 26, 2016 7:35 am   Re: Sand FAQ

Many fish shops carry aquarium sand in many different colors. You can also get it on e-bay and probably amazon. I'm not sure about the walmart sand ?
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Post Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 2:37 pm   Re: Sand FAQ

Could I use pool grade #20 silica sand ?
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Post Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 2:42 pm   Re: Sand FAQ

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Post Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 3:22 pm   Re: Sand FAQ

Yes, silica sand. Not sure what the grading is for. Should be fine.
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Post Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 3:46 pm   Re: Sand FAQ

The grading is how big it is . You can see in the pic how big it is . It's nnot fine it has a bigger grain to it :) but thanks I was hoping it was a yes lol. I wanna add some of this to my tank .
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Post Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 7:59 pm   Re: Sand FAQ

Bigger grain is pretty much why we recommend it. Post pics after you add it :)
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Post Posted: Fri May 20, 2016 8:23 pm   Re: Sand FAQ

Absolutely ^.^ Ima talk my mom into getting me some here soon :)
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Post Posted: Thu May 04, 2017 5:35 pm   Re: Sand FAQ

I'm new to the site and was wondering if its okay to use black sand for my turtle tank?
its Imagitarium Black Aquarium Sand.
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Post Posted: Fri May 05, 2017 6:56 pm   Re: Sand FAQ

Does it say it's silica sand?
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Post Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 3:08 am   Re: Sand FAQ

I added 100lbs of this sand from Petco to my tank. Looks great and works great. Im so glad I went with sand for this remodel. To help clean it I bought a kids sized garden rake from the hardware store so I can rake any debris loose and just suck it up with the Python.
https://www.petco.com/shop/en/petcostor ... arium-sand

Had it shipped to my house (poor UPS guy).

Rather than spend a great deal of time cleaning each bag of sand in a bucket I just put it all straight into the tank and added about 6 inches of water above the sand and cleaned it with my Python. Took far less time.
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Post Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 11:43 am   Re: Sand FAQ

Moving my RES to a new tank and considering using sand for the first time instead of a no substrate bottom. Also going to be adding some fish to the tank as well which require some sort of substrate. Is sand my best bet? I've tried larger rocks in the past but it was way too much of a hassle and made for a dirty bottom with how messy RES tend to be.
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Post Posted: Wed Aug 09, 2017 12:53 pm   Re: Sand FAQ

I have been using river rocks for decade with no problem cleaning that is when I stopped using those store bought ones. Gravity ones ( siphons ) to weak , even some with small pumps are weak. I make my own with a good pump and strainer and it pulls everything out the rocks , everything !

Sand is nice and you will use a sand sifter more than a vacuum to clean it. I recommend pool filter sand as the best ( silica sand ) and is cleaner to wash than construction sand which takes forever to clean.

Fish always in turtle tank ... free turtle food and then you will have more waste from them and any uneaten fish food. More bio load , if you have 10 gallons per 1" of turtle shell maybe a couple fish but there is no guarantee your turtle will make friends with them. More like food. When Piggley was 3" he was able to catch my 6" shubunkin's , and they are fast , so a separate tank for them.
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