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Old 09-30-2018, 11:20 AM   #1
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I'm looking for sand for a new tank. I don't want pool filter sand or play sand and I don't want black blasting slag. I also need about 150 pounds so I don't really want to buy the 5 lb bags from PetSmart.

Does anyone know any sources?

I've tried to source Estes permacolor sand, which is similar to the old 3M sand. But I don't think it's going to work out.


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I'm looking for sand for a new tank. I don't want pool filter sand or play sand and I don't want black blasting slag. I also need about 150 pounds so I don't really want to buy the 5 lb bags from PetSmart.

Does anyone know any sources?

I've tried to source Estes permacolor sand, which is similar to the old 3M sand. But I don't think it's going to work out.


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You already said no, but BDBS is currently your only cheap option, $45 for 150lbs. 150lbs of anything bought commercially will end up costing you a bought load.
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Old 09-30-2018, 12:33 PM   #3
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PetSmart does have the 25lb bags that I've used. And I think you can order in the 50lb bags at big Al's
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QWC any idea what the brand is on the 25 and 50 lb bags? What's the brand?
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QWC any idea what the brand is on the 25 and 50 lb bags? What's the brand?
https://www.bigalspets.com/ca/carib-...oon-50-lb.html

https://www.petsmart.ca/fish/decor-g...and-21320.html


I've only used the black and white Nat Geo sand myself.
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What exactly did you not care for with the permacolour stuff? I miss the 3m colour quarts stuff

I have a bag of the tahitian moon sand if you are interested
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What exactly did you not care for with the permacolour stuff? I miss the 3m colour quarts stuff
The only problem with the permacolor sand is it's unavailable. I'm in contact with three different construction supply companies. The sand is used as aggregate for grip on concrete floors. They don't seem interested in selling anything less than a skid.
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a skid !? geez. that's too bad. I wouldn't even attempt to guess what that would cost too.
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Here is a place you may want to consider, they ship large items at reasonable prices...

Pets and Ponds: Substrate / Gravel
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If it's a pure black you want, I second the Nat Geo sand. I have it in one of my tanks and am very happy with it.
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