I picked mine up from ocean state job lot. Minimal cleaning and its $10 for 50lbs. Super good deal and it really makes the tank pop.Go to a place that sells spas and pool equipment. They usually go for $10 for 50lbs. If you don’t want that much you’ll have to spend more for less.
What I did was I just cleaned the sand in a bucket of water, maybe 5 lbs at a time and stirred it until the water was crystal clear. Put in to the tank and rinse and repeat until your satisfied with the amount you want.
I picked mine up from ocean state job lot. Minimal cleaning and its $10 for 50lbs. Super good deal and it really makes the tank pop.
I bought mine at out local hardware/builders supply store. paid a whopping 5 bucks for 50 lbs. I rinsed mine in a little yard cart I use to tend to my flower gardens. I just kept adding water with my water hose, stirring as the water was going in and then pouring it off. Once the water ran clear I considered it clean enough, I covered it one more time with water and added enough prime for the amount of water covering it and stirred it up good. Poured that water off and the sand went in my fully stocked tank.
Hopefully if you go this route you have a place outside to do the rinsing. Some folks have done it at their kitchen sink or the bathtub but some of it is going to escape and it has to be done a little at a time.
I didn't need the whole 50 lbs. but washed it all anyway. What I didn't use I allowed to dry out and then bagged it up for future use. That extra sand is now in my 5.5 gallon and 10 gallon grow out tanks.yeah I can use a wheel barrel or a 5 gal
probably only gonna need 10/20 lbs
I didn't need the whole 50 lbs. but washed it all anyway. What I didn't use I allowed to dry out and then bagged it up for future use. That extra sand is now in my 5.5 gallon and 10 gallon grow out tanks.
You will want to let it dry out or you might end up with some very sour smelling sand and possibly even moldy sand. You could put the sand in there and then set it out in the sun for a few days if possible. I kept mine in the yard cart. I stirred it a couple times a day and brought it in each night in case of rain. Took me about a week to dry it out but it was at least 6 inches deep. Shallower sand will dry quicker.I have an empty scratched up tank in my garage that I can put it in to store it in!
I've heard good stuff about that sand, here's the link to the one I used.
It's in the outdoor section of home Depot, at least where I am. A couple of aisles away from the outdoor flower pots
My Ocean State Job Lot did have it during pool season, but for even more than the pool store. I think it was the same brand - Lighthouse. Of course, at my likely rate of use, I’m not going to need another bag for a long time. I do like the look - I would call it a light gray or beige color, not a bright white, very neutral when wet.
I started with gravel for my 40gal. I used Blue, lt blue & blue-green. 5 bags @ $5.29ea. It looks really nice. I had to wash it a whole bunch of times to get the leftover dye out of it before I put it in the tank. Looking around the forum I saw tons of pics with Sand as the substrate and I thought it looked stunning. Alot more natural looking over colored gravel.
The Mystic White brand sand is almost like a bone color. More cream/beige color than white tho. Looks identical to beach sand color wise. I only used one 50lb bag for a 75gal tank. I might get another bag to have ready when it's time to do my cleaning. My cichlids are digging their way to china!
Ahh, gotcha. Well since you have the rocks set in a particular pattern, won't it get covered by the sand? Sand will travel everywhere and cover everything up pretty quick. Sand is unforgiving. Not like gravel that will stay in place. You'll have your job cut out for you when trying to keep the sand away from the rocks.
It'll be fine. Just be sure to wash it several times until the water is the clearest you can see before putting it in the tank. Use small portions that will make it easier to wash out and pour into the tank.
I was thinking to take the gravel out I could just put some tank water in a bucket or pitcher and just put the fish in there while I rescape
Wow looks really nice!! I used a egg beater to clean my sand in the bucket. Yeah I had to wash my sand a hundred times too. It was all worth it tho.