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Author Topic: Pets at Home sand - a warning for newbies  (Read 16696 times)

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Pets at Home sand - a warning for newbies
« on: June 27, 2014, 12:13:33 pm »



It would appear that at least two types of sand sold by [email protected] are not inert.


The following thread has more information.


https://www.tropicalfishforums.co.uk/index.php/topic,92545.new.html#new


Of course, this would be useful for African Rift Lake tanks, or anything you wanted a high TDS and hardness for.......
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    Re: Pets at Home sand - a warning for newbies
    « Reply #1 on: June 27, 2014, 12:52:53 pm »
     :mad: This isnt good, ive just replaced the gravel substrate to the [email protected] sand for my corys, during the change i lost 2 corys  :(

    Not looking forward to changing again!

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    Re: Pets at Home sand - a warning for newbies
    « Reply #2 on: June 27, 2014, 05:37:27 pm »
    sorry to hear that, but im not surprised.  I tried 2 types of pets at home sand and both add TDS to the water. Do you have any way to test for TDS? you can get a TDS testing pen fairly cheaply from amazon or e bay. I nearly lost a tank full of shrimp due to the sand. it pushed my TDs from 315ppm to over 530ppm in just a few days :mad:. removed the sand and added some good silica sand and tank is stable at 190ppm now.
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    Re: Pets at Home sand - a warning for newbies
    « Reply #3 on: July 25, 2014, 10:12:21 am »
    I use play sand frm tesco. Really golden yellow colour does not take a lot of cleaning and most of all you get 2 bags for £4 bargain

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    Re: Pets at Home sand - a warning for newbies
    « Reply #4 on: July 25, 2014, 10:40:34 am »
    I changed to BD aquarium sand (so far so good) Has anyone used it?

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    Re: Pets at Home sand - a warning for newbies
    « Reply #5 on: August 05, 2014, 09:56:58 am »
    Is there gravel substrate ok?

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    Re: Pets at Home sand - a warning for newbies
    « Reply #6 on: August 05, 2014, 11:34:07 am »
    No-one has mentioned it (yet?).
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    Re: Pets at Home sand - a warning for newbies
    « Reply #7 on: August 05, 2014, 11:40:06 am »
    Where can I get some small black gravel just in case

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    Re: Pets at Home sand - a warning for newbies
    « Reply #8 on: August 10, 2014, 09:28:19 pm »
    I use play sand frm tesco. Really golden yellow colour does not take a lot of cleaning and most of all you get 2 bags for £4 bargain


    hi is this sand still good or did it compact i bought some play sand but cant decide to use this or not?

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    Re: Pets at Home sand - a warning for newbies
    « Reply #9 on: August 10, 2014, 10:10:40 pm »
    I used [email protected] pewter sand & didnt have any problems not got it anymore but sure it was in my 60l for a while sure gill had it to unless its a diff type
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    « Reply #10 on: August 12, 2014, 08:37:36 pm »
    ok so i have mixed a bag of play sand with a bag of aquarium sand from lfs the aquarium sand took a lot more washing ? ive been on most of the day lol, it actually looks quite nice in the bucket and when i put spade in it i can push it right to the bottom of bucket, so hoping it doesnt compact easilly will be putting it in tank tomorrow.

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    Re: Pets at Home sand - a warning for newbies
    « Reply #11 on: August 12, 2014, 10:10:16 pm »
    That's good to know to be honest I'm not big on pets at home with regards to fish stocks and accessories.
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    Re: Pets at Home sand - a warning for newbies
    « Reply #12 on: August 30, 2014, 05:25:23 pm »
    I have always used BnQ play sand, its cheap for £5 for 25kg or 2 for £12 at the minute, it must be good as i use dit on a new tank set up for FW stingrays and they were fine, no dodgy water chemistry, cleaning was a pain but i hate doing it anyway. Off to BnQ tmorrow to get a few bags for the new tank.
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    Re: Pets at Home sand - a warning for newbies
    « Reply #13 on: August 30, 2014, 05:36:46 pm »
    When I went to school 2x £5 is £10 not £12 lol


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    Re: Pets at Home sand - a warning for newbies
    « Reply #14 on: August 30, 2014, 05:43:51 pm »
    When I went to school 2x £5 is £10 not £12 lol


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    oops, i will amend as its £12 for 3 bags lol, been along day. 
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