Can I Use Beach Sand?

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I was wondering, can I use beach sand for my substrate? I dont live very far from lake michigan and theres always an abundance of sand available for free. Just wondering if it would be safe. Any help is much appreciated! Thanks

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hmm not sure, is it a saltwater lake? if not you might be able to boil it to kill germs and other nasties.
 

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At 3 quid a 15kg bag for play sand why on earth would you risk it ???
 
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I have read some bad opinions on play sand and I thought maybe beach sand would be a safer choice. Sounds like more work than necessary so I will just have to go with play sand when i'm ready. Thanks for your help.

Oh and its a freshwater lake krazyKuhli.

Just looked it up its only $4 for a 50lb bag. So thats not too bad. It is safe though? after rinsing and rinsing it?
 

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Play sand is by far the most popular choice among the members here :) I'd go for the playsand. Like Cynic says, why risk bringing in bad bacteria when you can play it safe for just a few dollars. :) just make sure to give it a few good rinses to avoid making the water really cloudy.
 

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I wouldn't risk beach sand, you don't know what nasties it might have in it.
I have play sand in my tanks, & tbh it looks good to start with, but it is developing dark patches which don't smell too good.
I might change to more expensive proper aquarium sand, the saying you get what you pay for comes to mind
 

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I know I keep harping on about this, but Caribseas live sand is great. Looks good, comes in a multitude of colours and sizes, cycles quick and does not require cleaning. Only down side is the price, but that was something I can put up with for not having to clean it alone. Can put pics on of water whilst filling if required
 

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I know I keep harping on about this, but Caribseas live sand is great. Looks good, comes in a multitude of colours and sizes, cycles quick and does not require cleaning. Only down side is the price, but that was something I can put up with for not having to clean it alone. Can put pics on of water whilst filling if required

I've always hear that it a load of crock
 

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FishFreak95 said:
Tonyb111111 said:
I know I keep harping on about this, but Caribseas live sand is great. Looks good, comes in a multitude of colours and sizes, cycles quick and does not require cleaning. Only down side is the price, but that was something I can put up with for not having to clean it alone. Can put pics on of water whilst filling if required

I've always hear that it a load of crock

There a lot of conflicting opinions to wade through, but for me it worked great and I will be buying more for my next tank. Though I do appreciate the price is the main drawback. In the UK I notice a lot of places are doing a buy one get one free offer, so I am guessing that they are starting to realise the price is too high. Good luck with whatever you choose :)
 

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Well, in the UK it is illegal to take quantity of sand or stones etc. from the shore or forest however it may be different in the US.

As previously suggested though I cannot even see why the risk would be taken as the cost of sand is so minimal!
 

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