Can Anyone Recommend A Good Sand?

Proxo

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Homebase playsand here recommended to me by "matt_storey".
Not sure if the pictures do it any good as the camera does like to change stuff on its own, but here's some i just took.
Try to imagin inbetween the top left and top right and i'd say that's about right lol.

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Many thanks - and cheers for the pics, Proxo - looks great! That's what I'm after...

Ok, so I have a choice of Argos or Homebase...what about B&Q? I think they sell play sand too. Would that be the same stuff as Argos and Homebase? Just that B&Q are nearest to me (although Homebase aren't that far away either). I would have to order online for Argos and they charge about £6 delivery.

Woo - looks like I may have sand by the weekend then! :)

Athena
 

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Many thanks - and cheers for the pics, Proxo - looks great! That's what I'm after...

Ok, so I have a choice of Argos or Homebase...what about B&Q? I think they sell play sand too. Would that be the same stuff as Argos and Homebase? Just that B&Q are nearest to me (although Homebase aren't that far away either). I would have to order online for Argos and they charge about £6 delivery.

Woo - looks like I may have sand by the weekend then! :)

Athena

Never thought about B&Q lol.

I went with the homebase as i thought the argos sand was a little too bright & i like to be slightly different from the rest lol.
You could try mixing the 2 together and see how that would turn out?
then ofc let me know as im thinking of doing that myself for the other tank :fun:
 

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Any brand of play sand should be fine, avoid building sand.

From the brands I've tried, the tarmac (brand) sand that Toysrus sell has a more pink hue to it where as the argos stuff is a crisper white colour, but the toysrus stuff from tarmac doesn't require much washing at all.
 

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I looked at both sands, I preferred Argos play sand. Its lighter, and less "speckled". Personal preference I guess. I found it quite easy to clean also, continuously flushed each bag for around 10minutes. You can visibly see when its done.
 
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Thanks again for the further input. Asked my b/f to pick up a bag of PLAY sand from B&Q (not builders sand) and he was insisting that he should go to Wickes and buy dry kilned sand instead! Oh dear...I haven't a clue what that type of sand is and what the difference is to play sand - but he does like to have his say, even though he's apparently not at all interested in my aquariums...and he's right, I'm wrong (well, so he thinks) LOL

I just hope there isn't a bag of unwanted sand waiting for me when I get home tonight! :/

Athena :sad:
 

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another vote for toys r us playsand, think it works out slightly cheaper than argos, didnt take me very long to wash and didnt make the tank cloudy at all.
 

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Not used Kiln Dried sand before. Make sure it has no lime in it.

Play sand is cheap. I used 1/2 bag of Toy'r'us play sand (?10kg) for my 90L tank. "Only" £5 per bag.

Adrian
 

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just my 2p's worth i use tesco play sand used 3 bags of the stuff really like it, they do an offer of 2 bags for £4, think thats good, used argos playsand for my last tank and think it is slightly darker than the tesco stuff.
 
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Yes, have decided that if b/f brings home bag of that other stuff from Wickes, I will tell him to return it and I'll go get some myself at the weekend from B&Q or Asda/Homebase, whichever shop I find myself near on our travels LOL

Really appreciate all the comments - thanks!
 

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B&Q play sand is easy to wash and doesnt cloud the tank, just done my new one in it.
 
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Cheers, Andy - that's boosted my confidence in buying from B&Q.

Much appreciated!

Athena x
 

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I'll be swapping my gravel for tesco sand over the weekend,2 for £4 is too good to miss
 

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