Important Is It Ok To Use Home Depot Play Sand For My 30 Gal?

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I’m moving this week, and I’m gonna replace the gravel with some sand for a better chance at planting.
My fish in the 30 are going temporarily into the 10, and the betta in the 10 is going to one of the quarantine bowls while we move.

My question is, since I don’t have much money, can I get some of the generic play sand from Home Depot and use that? The only other sand in my area is 5lb bags of sand for like 7$ each, and that takes a lot of money to get a good layer
 

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I’m moving this week, and I’m gonna replace the gravel with some sand for a better chance at planting.
My fish in the 30 are going temporarily into the 10, and the betta in the 10 is going to one of the quarantine bowls while we move.

My question is, since I don’t have much money, can I get some of the generic play sand from Home Depot and use that? The only other sand in my area is 5lb bags of sand for like 7$ each, and that takes a lot of money to get a good layer
Yes! Play sand is perfect. A lot of us here use it because it’s so cheap
 

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Play sand is a pain. You have to do multiple rinsing in order to prevent cloudiness. I prefer PFS over play sand since it is much easier to rinse.
 

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You can normally find a 50# bag of pool filter sand for about $5.00. I don't think it is ground as fine as play sand so should work better. Just be sure to rinse it really really well before putting it in the tank.

I have pool filter sand in all my tanks.
 

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You can normally find a 50# bag of pool filter sand for about $5.00. I don't think it is ground as fine as play sand so should work better. Just be sure to rinse it really really well before putting it in the tank.

I have pool filter sand in all my tanks.
It doesn’t seem like there’s pool filter sand at either the Home Depot or Lowe’s in my area. Is paving sand an option? If not it’ll have to be play sand
 

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It doesn’t seem like there’s pool filter sand at either the Home Depot or Lowe’s in my area. Is paving sand an option? If not it’ll have to be play sand
I've not heard of paving sand so can't say on way or another. I know a lot of folks have mentioned the name quickrete but you want to make sure it is just sand and not sand mixed with cement.

I bought my pool filter sand at my local hardware store. No lowes, ace hardware or home depot anywhere near me.
 

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Ive used the home depot play sand and it works great. Just make sure to rinse well.
 

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It doesn’t seem like there’s pool filter sand at either the Home Depot or Lowe’s in my area. Is paving sand an option? If not it’ll have to be play sand
Check the pool chemical section (usually outdoors in garden) for the pool filter sand. Lowes has quickcrete brand 50 lb bags for around $7.00
 

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I also use pool filter sand in all my tanks it’s heavier and very easy to rinse. A pool supply place will have plenty of bags of it for $8-10 for a 50# bag...
 

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I also use pool filter sand in all my tanks it’s heavier and very easy to rinse. A pool supply place will have plenty of bags of it for $8-10 for a 50# bag...
We’re gonna get pool sand from the local pool supply store.

Would it be ok to use Home Depot silicone sealant for a tank issue? My tank has a plastic wood pattern lining at the top that the glue is kind of rotting on. We’re gonna seal it on Friday but my local stores don’t carry aquarium sealant. Would just silicone work?
 

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Depot sells a specific brand that a lot of people use that is aquarium safe but I don’t use it so I’m not sure which one it is but a quick search will easily find it unless someone chimes in with the brand. Good choice going wit PFS. Your really going to like it!
 

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Depot sells a specific brand that a lot of people use that is aquarium safe but I don’t use it so I’m not sure which one it is but a quick search will easily find it unless someone chimes in with the brand. Good choice going wit PFS. Your really going to like it!
Thanks, I’ll start to snoop around
 
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