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Default Why pool filter sand?

Do people use is just because its cheap? does it vacume like a dream?


Could some post pics of of it in a tank...maybe some close ups as well?

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Yes, yes, and no I don't have any pics lol
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I dont like it, i thought i did, but i went to clean my sponge filters, and they literally had about 5-6 pnds of sand in them, it completely clogged them, i dont like it at all
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Argonite. CaribSea Special Seaflor Substrate.
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I dont like it, i thought i did, but i went to clean my sponge filters, and they literally had about 5-6 pnds of sand in them, it completely clogged them, i dont like it at all

Any suggestions?

I like the idea of using crushed coral and or aragonite sand because of its buffering ability. I used it in the past and like that about it. I dont mind the particals being diferent sizes but I do want them to be generally small and fine grained(sandy like, not pea gravel), yet still able to be vacumed. I also would like it to be white or close to white and to not grow a ton of algae on it. I would like the color to be the same or close to the same throughout. Not really into the look of the ciclid sand or the sand with all the tan crushed shells in it. I however dont mind it having some crushed coral in it or flakes etc.

But if I use a mix, I want the fine sand part to be vacumable. Whats the smallest size partical that I can go towards without it being sucked up in a big way? If I knew that I could build my own mix using it as the base.

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It's cheap but I don't like it because it's light (not in color but actual property) and get sucked by my filters and me, when I vacuum/clean the tank. I end up throwing alot of it away during vacuuming. I could salvage it by netting it before or during the dumping process but I'm too lazy
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Argonite. CaribSea Special Seaflor Substrate.

Thanks. Looks like what I was going for.

Does it blow around a lot? and can you vacume it?
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Thanks. Looks like what I was going for.

Does it blow around a lot? and can you vacuum it?
This is what I have in my tank and I'm about to set up a 120 with it for another group.
If you direct a power head at it it will blow it away. You have to be careful not to suck it out of the tank when vacuuming. I have my filter intakes close to the substrate, sometimes you see it pick up a grain or two up into the intake. I run AC 110's and there is only a little sand in them between cleanings.
I would not use sponge filters laying on any sand they will get filled with it.
The fish seem to love it, they are always sifting through the sand and spitting it about the tank.
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This is what I have in my tank and I'm about to set up a 120 with it for another group.
If you direct a power head at it it will blow it away. You have to be careful not to suck it out of the tank when vacuuming. I have my filter intakes close to the substrate, sometimes you see it pick up a grain or two up into the intake. I run AC 110's and there is only a little sand in them between cleanings.
I would not use sponge filters laying on any sand they will get filled with it.
The fish seem to love it, they are always sifting through the sand and spitting it about the tank.
I love this stuff and have it in two of my tanks. Make sure you don't get the sugar sand.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...fm?pcatid=7326
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I love this stuff and have it in two of my tanks. Make sure you don't get the sugar sand.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...fm?pcatid=7326
Just an FYI. PETSMART.com has it for 26.99 for a 40lb bag with free shipping on orders over $49. Sure you have to then go else where to get some of your other stuff but its not hard to top out over the $49 mark and get the free shipping. In this case they have the best price, with free shipping, and the lowest total price needed to qualify for the free shipping. Its available only online and delivered to your door....and claimed to be shipped within 2 business days. Im waiting on several hundred pounds of it as we speak.

http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2753226
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