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Old 05-23-2005, 12:14 PM   #11
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liveaquaria.com has a sale on argonite sand for like 20lbs for $19.00 shipped u could try to look around there. i think it would be better than regular play sand. i think u could get some algea problems maybe from the play sand because of the silicate in it. But not for sure. someone correct me if wrong
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Old 05-23-2005, 12:43 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone for addressing this question.

I'd like to add a follow-up, if I may.

For cycling purposes and cost purposes, could you combine oolitic argonite sand and "live sand" and still be ok? Seems to me that if you go 50-50, the live sand and live rock could "seed" the oa sand, kind of like LR seeding base rock, but not have the cost of going 100% LS.

Just a thought.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-23-2005, 02:09 PM   #13
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I have used silica and hod no problems. Silicates not silica causes algae. There are only two downside to using silica.
1. Sand sifters don't like it becase of the sharp edges of the sand.
2. It will not buffer the ph for your water.

If you mix the arag. and silica, place the silica in the bottom of the tank first and then cover it with the arag. Preferably a 2" cover to give the sifters play room.
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Old 05-23-2005, 03:07 PM   #14
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I made a find! After many unsuccessful trips to HD, on Saturday I found bags of beautiful pure white playsand called, surprisingly enough, "White Play Sand", brand name is Durascape, part of the Old Castle company. The only mention of sand type says "small amounts silica". Not knowing what the "Large amounts" were, I took it home to do the vinegar test, and lo and behold, bubbles!! It appears to be largely limestone based, so I am going to try it out. Says one bag covers 5 square feet (almost exactly the square feet of a 48 x 18 base tank) to a depth of one inch, costs $3.99. No weight given, so I weighed it myself...47.5 pounds. Good?
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Old 05-23-2005, 03:16 PM   #15
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I don't really know if I would take the chance or not, but I am one of those kinda people where if I'm going to do something I want to do it right and not have to worry about changing things later on!

I went to www.premiumaquatics.com and they have CaribSea aragonite sand 40lb bags for 24.99! Now to me that is a good deal, yeah it's not $3.99 for 47lbs, but at least I know I will have no worries down the road.
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