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Can anyone recommend a cheap sand substrate that is available in the uk?

George1992

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I want to redo one of my planted tanks using sand. I’ve heard of people using children’s play sand from places such as B&Q. From what I’ve seen, this stuff tends to be very fine rather than coarse.

Can anyone point me in the right direction?
 

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George1992

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Thanks. Do you think that stuff from Argos would be too fine for planting into? I read that it can damage the roots if the sand is not coarse enough.
 

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Hi all,
You can use <"pool filter sand"> if you want a coarser grade of silica sand. You need to check that it is silica sand when you buy it, because some of them are now re-cycled glass, which is fine as a filter medium but looks a bit strange in the tank.

cheers Darrel
 

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Unipac Silver Sand not to light or dark and perfect for catfish. Watch out buying silver or river sand stick to garden centres or aquatic shops avoid builders merchants
 

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Hi all,
You can use <"pool filter sand"> if you want a coarser grade of silica sand. You need to check that it is silica sand when you buy it, because some of them are now re-cycled glass, which is fine as a filter medium but looks a bit strange in the tank.

cheers Darrel
Plus one for pool filter sand.

@MWood that's a very similar product, both are natural looking ;)
 

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Used Argos play sand a long time ago. Crypts had roots all over the tank. As others said it was quite dirty so needs a rinse.
 
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