Is there a coarse pool filter sand in Canada?

PlantedCommunityTank132

I recently bought pool filter sand for my shell dweller tank and I love it, but the sand was very fine, and since I want to se4t up a well planted tank, I was wondering if there was any coarse pool filter sands in Canada
thanks
edit: could I go to a sand gravel company and buy their sand, or would the sand be too dirty?
 

Cherryshrimp420

Sometimes there's beach sand and play sand. Beach sand is the most coarse that Ive seen
 

RonP

I bought off the shelf pool sand from Rona. It is coarse. This was in Penti ton BC recently.
Penticton*
Penticton*
Penticton*
 

PlantedCommunityTank132

Sometimes there's beach sand and play sand. Beach sand is the most coarse that Ive seen
okay. I've heard that play sand is super dirty and takes hours to clean. what are your thoughts on this?
I bought off the shelf pool sand from Rona. It is coarse. This was in Penti ton BC recently.
Penticton*
Penticton*
Penticton*
im in salmon arm (3 hours away) lol. do you have a picture?
 

RonP

Not sure my cheapie phone camera will show coarse vs fine sand, lol
I'll give it a try tomorrow. (Sand is all in my 32g multie tank).
The bag it came in is long gone.
 

Cherryshrimp420

okay. I've heard that play sand is super dirty and takes hours to clean. what are your thoughts on this?

im in salmon arm (3 hours away) lol. do you have a picture?

It's like putting dirt into your tank, it's supposed to be dirty :D Just do nothing and the dirt will all settle down. A lot of people confuse it with the initial bacterial bloom from starting a new tank, but that's a different cloudiness. Sand will clear up by itself.
 

PlantedCommunityTank132

It's like putting dirt into your tank, it's supposed to be dirty :D Just do nothing and the dirt will all settle down. A lot of people confuse it with the initial bacterial bloom from starting a new tank, but that's a different cloudiness. Sand will clear up by itself.
okay. is this sand god?
General PDP Template
 

DoubleDutch

PFS has one different pre
Yeah but that's the expensive version. I buy the cheapest: General PDP Template
But there is one main difference between PFS and playsand. The first is "designed" to let water run through it (grains are more or less the same size and rounded so it will never clog). That is probably the reason for the pricedifference in the same brand.
 

JTW

The play sand is dirty. But I haven't found it to be any worse than some of the commercial substrates I've used, like fluorite for example.

I don't bother getting the water to run perfectly clean. I rinse it out 6-8 times and call that good enough. The tank will be a cloudy for about 24 hours but it clears up.
 

PlantedCommunityTank132

PFS has one different pre

But there is one main difference between PFS and playsand. The first is "designed" to let water run through it (grains are more or less the same size and rounded so it will never clog). That is probably the reason for the pricedifference in the same brand.
okay thanks. I think ill just buy the PFS then
The play sand is dirty. But I haven't found it to be any worse than some of the commercial substrates I've used, like fluorite for example.

I don't bother getting the water to run perfectly clean. I rinse it out 6-8 times and call that good enough. The tank will be a cloudy for about 24 hours but it clears up.
I don't want to risk anything with the substrate, and it only costs $5 more, so I think ill just go with PFS
 

Cherryshrimp420

okay thanks. I think ill just buy the PFS then

I don't want to risk anything with the substrate, and it only costs $5 more, so I think ill just go with PFS

The PFS actually costs 4x more because its lbs vs kg
 

PlantedCommunityTank132

The PFS actually costs 4x more because its lbs vs kg
And that’s good or bad?
 

Cherryshrimp420

And that’s good or bad?

Aquarium-wise its just spending 4x more for the same thing. Unless of course you like the white color. Either way it's still cheaper than pet stores :)
 

PlantedCommunityTank132

Aquarium-wise its just spending 4x more for the same thing. Unless of course you like the white color. Either way it's still cheaper than pet stores :)
okay. thanks for all the help. I bought some sand now, and we'll see how it goes
 

RonP

The sand bought at Rona Penticton.
Best old phone can do
Sorry cannot attach it.
 

PlantedCommunityTank132

The sand bought at Rona Penticton.
Best old phone can do
Sorry cannot attach it.
no worries mate
 

PlantedCommunityTank132

RonP

I understand. As you can see, they have no problem with constant reconstruction , even with this coarse stuff. They seem to have stabilized between 30 and 40 in this 32.5 gallon Fluval.
 

PlantedCommunityTank132

I understand. As you can see, they have no problem with constant reconstruction , even with this coarse stuff. They seem to have stabilized between 30 and 40 in this 32.5 gallon Fluval.
I was quite shocked that the shell dwellers could even move the sand
 

RonP

They have buried large rocks and at least 25 bigger shells. I keep adding shells. They move it one mouthful at a time..and don't seem to tire quickly.
.lol
 

PlantedCommunityTank132

They have buried large rocks and at least 25 bigger shells. I keep adding shells. They move it one mouthful at a time..and don't seem to tire quickly.
.lol
how do you add shells territory wise?My Shellies made territories, and now its kinda hard to add new shells
 

RonP

I add them as infrequently as possible. I don't have a way to prevent the short term chaos that follows tho.
I find they reestablish territories pretty much in 24 hours. Doesn't seem to slow overall reproduction. This 32g tank has stabilized between 30 to 40 fish. I can never get an exact count, way too much action!
 

PlantedCommunityTank132

I add them as infrequently as possible. I don't have a way to prevent the short term chaos that follows tho.
I find they reestablish territories pretty much in 24 hours. Doesn't seem to slow overall reproduction. This 32g tank has stabilized between 30 to 40 fish. I can never get an exact count, way too much action!
ok. You could try to take a picture, and then count them. thats how I counted my 70 ish danio fry once
 

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