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Purple sand for 99p!

This is a discussion on Purple sand for 99p! within the Axolotl tank set-ups, filters, substrate forums, part of the Axolotls (Ambystoma mexicanum) category; In case anyone's interested, my local '99p Store' was selling bags of purple play sand I bought 2 bags to ...

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Old 24th May 2011   #1 (permalink)
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Default Purple sand for 99p!

In case anyone's interested, my local '99p Store' was selling bags of purple play sand I bought 2 bags to cover my 3 ft tank and had half a bag left. I rinsed it and it didn't cloud or stain the water too badly. And it's nice and fine. They only had purple in the shop, but there might be other colours in other 99p shops.



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I'd be very wary of using coloured sand that is not sold for aquarium use. What does it say on the bag?



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I second Julia's question, and then if it is ok I would do a litttle extra rinsing, till your arm hurts, then a little bit more, because the dye might be a bit iffy.



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Default Re: Purple sand for 99p!

fair point! It was labelled as children's play sand. I rinsed it all through like I did with the other aquarium sand I bought before., and it seems to be fine. No changes in water colour or axie behaviour.



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then i would just keep an eye on it



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Anychance of a photo? I wouldnt mind seeing how it looks in the aquarium.



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Default Re: Purple sand for 99p!

i am really interested to know how everything is going with the purple sand........ i would love to get some colored sand for my tank.... i was almost thinking of getting some of those 2mm glass beads... but i am not sure about if the axies would get impacted on them like they would on gravel..



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Default Re: Purple sand for 99p!

I think 2mm is the maximum accepted as safe so it is up to you if you want to risk it I guess? I personally don't mind bare bottomed so much now but since I took my wild type off the sand she's been less than impressed! There's a post here New tank set up with barbie pink sand though which looks awesome :) Could always check how much it is to ship to the US



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Default Re: Purple sand for 99p!

how many kg (lbs) of sand would i need for a 3 foot or 2 foot tank? I'm planning on picking some up tommorow..



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Hi sorry, havent checked this thread in a while. I'll post a pic up in a just a sec (i'm just transferring it now). The sand has been fine - both my guys seem in fine health, and no cloudy water anymore.

@Aimz Lotties, I can't remember how large the bags were (wish I'd checked!) maybe 2kg?? Anyway, 1 and a half bags more than covered my 3 foot tank.



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looks more blue in the photo, but there it is!
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Thanks, i might have to test some if i find any ahah!

looks really good.



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well i was also thinking i might just go pool filter sand .... its so boring but i will take a trip to the craft store and see if i can find those big glass stones....



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it looks indigo.... and i love it!



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Ooh I definitely need to pick some of that up! Just means trekking over the water to Liverpool on the train and lugging bags on public transport Driving and parking will cost me about £10



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rubbish! Just lugging 2 bags back to the car took me a while lol! But it'll be worth it :-)

mamatoulouse - careful with glass stones. Everyone on here will tell you to avoid anything up to the size of the axie's head. You don't want them swallowing it! (apologies if you already know this - just making sure!)



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siona,

3 kg covering a 3 foot tank?? are you sure?? I saw a 5 kg bag today and looked like it would barely cover a 2 footer..

did you mean pounds maybe??

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Default Re: Purple sand for 99p!

I'm headed over next week with mum for some purple stuff :) Just ordering my green stuff online now



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I'm headed over next week with mum for some purple stuff :) Just ordering my green stuff online now
If you are making a special trip, it might be worth calling ahead to make sure they have it. Most of the stores don't seem to have it as it was left over last years stock.



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i ended up scratching the sand idea i ended up using this hand dyed fabric i got in Nigeria, i folded ironed and pinned it so fit under my tank to now it has a design but nothing for my future axie to swallow... but i still think i will end up getting one large flat stones to put on the bottom every so often so it has some traction



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