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Old 9th November 2011   #1
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Default Our experience with play sand

We have a 3 1.2 inch axie and use play sand as a substrate. Over the last few days we've noticed him passing(with difficulty) some of the larger stones that come with the sand. Last night my boyfriend went through the entire tank with a strainer and took out everything larger then the sand. Took him about 2 hours :P

Just wanted to give a heads up to anyone thinking about using play sand. There are rocks that come with the sand that can give them difficulty.



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Old 10th November 2011   #2
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That's good to know, thanks, will stick to the fine aquarium sand worth its money.



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hey

thats no good that your axolotls are having trouble

it seems a bit dodgy to me that there are rocks in the play sand when it is meant for kids in sandpits. I guess you could put the sand through a sive? or just buy some more sand if you have the cash

the play sand around here has never had rocks but it is notoriously dusty and needs an obscene amount of washing before you put it in the tank. Its a toxic free option but it is a pain in the backside wherever it comes from. I think aquarium sand is the better option just because it is far more convenient, but it is waaaaay expensive



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Default Re: Our experience with play sand

I use kids play sand, but I rinse it thoroughly with a strainer/sifter (like the one you use to sift flour) at least twice before using it.



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Hi im new to the world of axolotls is argos childrens play sand ok to use



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Hi im new to the world of axolotls is argos childrens play sand ok to use
Yep I've got this stuff in my tank now and it's a really lovely fine whitish river sand

priced at 2.99 for 15kg



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Thank you i will be getting some of that later



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It doesn't require much washing either :)



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Default Re: Our experience with play sand

Nope I sloshed it round in a bucket about 5 separate times until it ran clear and it was fine =]



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I never knew that play sand could have larger pieces of rock in it. That's good to know.



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Thanks for giving me something else to worry about lol



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Default Re: Our experience with play sand

I use the Argos play sand, and I've never found any rocks in it. I bought two bags for Aquarium use a few days back, but have also used it for sand pit use several times and never noticed anything wrong. It looks good too, so as long as it's had a good rinsing, it would be perfectly fine.

Out of curiousity, where did you buy your play sand from?



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I also bought 2 bags of the argos play sand, awhile ago i had to carry them for 2 miles >< but yeah, great buy, really clean really fine no nasty rocks

Would deffinatley go to argos again.



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Default Re: Our experience with play sand

You had to carry them? O.o Ouch!

I must be a weakling then. I made my boyfriend carry mine to the bike, and then let him ride back ten miles to home. Hehe. He hates play sand now!



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Default Re: Our experience with play sand

I use pool filter sand. It cost 8 bucks for a 50lb bag. Can't beat that price. The sand grain is all about the same size which is pretty fine and it doesn't dirty the water at all. There also isn't any rock in it. I have no complaints. When shopping for sand I did notice that certain types of sand had larger debris in it.



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Default Re: Our experience with play sand

sorry to resurrect this thread, but I found it immensely helpful! Argos play sand it is!



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Default Re: Our experience with play sand

Hi, I've just recently got my Axies a big tank (finally) and the guy at the pet shop recomended sand cause of the swallowing issues. WHich I was aware of...HOWEVER he did not tell me i had to wash the play sand before putting it in the tank.....now i has stupidly cloudy water and i have no idea what to do.....will it settle if i leave it for a period of days??



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If you didn't rinse it at all then it's quite possible it may never settle... I recently put some new sand in my tank and probably didn't rinse it as well as I should have and it was cloudy for just under 2 days. If it does settle, the problem you will probably have is that every time the sand gets stirred up (and it's recommended to stir it up occasionally to stop toxic gas pockets forming) it will cause the water to go cloudy again and may take a while to settle...

If it's a new tank and your axies are not in there yet then the best thing to do would be to remove all the water and then the sand and rinse it. Not ideal but it will save you from having problems in the long term D:



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Ah, ok great ^^' Any sugestions on how i get it out of the tank and then how do i rinse it?? Its like 20kgs of sand...



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I've used a dustpan quite successfully to get sand out. Will make it a lot easier if you drain the tank first. Just put it in a bucket and run the hose through it while mixing it around and letting the water slosh out. It will take a while but eventually you'll start to notice the water running clearer.



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