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Play Sand Question

Discussion in 'Freshwater Substrates - Gravel, Sand' started by Goldmoon, May 25, 2019.

  1. Goldmoon Valued Member Member

    Hi everyone
    Just wondering if play sand (like the stuff you would get from Home Depot or Lowe’s) is okay to use in a fish tank. I’d of course wash it out beforehand and I really like the texture and natural color of one I bought but I’m not going to use it if I’m going to lose fish over it. Thanks in advance!

  2. Platylover Fishlore VIP Member

    Plays amen is fine to use, just be prepared to spend a significant amount of time washing it...
  3. Crazycoryfishlady Well Known Member Member

    You can get all sorts of sands from home depot and lowes. As long as there are no additives in it, any sand is fine.
    I've used pavers sand in my tanks even. The only problem is it stains decor and kills plants for some reason.
    I got a 100lb bag of silica sand for 12 bucks at my home depot.
  4. Mephistophocles New Member Member

    I just set up a new 40gal with play sand I found at Lowes. $5 for 50lb bag (it was the "premium" stuff). I did wash it but wasnt really thorough about it and havent noticed any cloudiness or other issues. Guessing there's a pretty wide variety of quality out there...
  5. Nobote Valued Member Member

    If it was elastomeric/polymeric pavers sand it may have had a chemical activator in it. Some polymerics use plant material to gel sand, others use something man made.
  6. kallililly1973 Well Known Member Member

    Pool filter sand and black diamond blasting sand is another option. I've never used play sand but i have PFS in all my tanks and it is great. It's a bit heavier so when you vac around the substrate there is less a chance of stirring things around than using play sand. But that is only from research not personal experience. Also PFS is simple to clean it barely even needs a stir in the buckey and its basically ready to add.