Adding sand to pond


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Was thinking about adding sand to the bottom of my pond. Would play sand be good or should I be purchasing something else?
 
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Course sand is best other wise the fish will silt up the pond it will never be clear
 

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Or use pea gravel Over the years I had some fall into my pond, it is still there.
 

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Used play sand in some of the planting beds, not in my hole pond bottom though, larger river rock, pea gravel is what i use in most of the pond planting beds. The fish pretty much leave the sand alone, the koi sift through it but pretty much spit it right back into the bed, none of it really gets kicked into the water column.
 
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Would this sand be appropriate and safe? I plan on washing it prior to putting it in as well
 
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Is the sand for looks or to protect the bottom from tears to the liner? I just leave mine bare and let the nice short green carpet algae cover the sides and bottom. Sand might make it hard to use a net to scoop out any muck that accumulates.
 
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bass and bluegill. That was my thinking with sand and pea gravel hoping they will spawn in it.
 

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