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Old 05-16-2005, 10:09 AM   #1
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Ok I want to make my sand bed deeper, but I can't find aragonite play sand, but I already have about 35 lbs of aragonite sand from the fish store. I really don't want to buy more at 27 dollars a bag, can I add regular play sand since I already have aragonite. Will that mess up the PH or will the exsisting aragonite still take care of that? Thanks
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Old 05-16-2005, 02:23 PM   #2
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alot of people here use regular play sand only so yes I would say you can mix them.
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Old 05-16-2005, 03:11 PM   #3
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What about the granular dolomite limestone that I've read posts about very recently? Wish all these posts about the same subject could stay together! Do others agree about the regular playsand mixing in OK ?
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Old 05-16-2005, 11:22 PM   #4
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no, NOT regular playsand... you MUST buy some sort of tropical playsand... it will be white in color and look dry... the bad stuff is brownish and looks moist... YOU DONT WANT THAT! (I know all too well..... as I accidentally thought that was the stuff I wanted so I put some in my sump... everything in there ended up dead.... yikes... oh well, it was only a few snails anyway... now I have a new sandbed in my new sump)
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Old 05-17-2005, 12:02 AM   #5
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I thought I remember someone saying you can use quikcrete play sand, that it was safe but didn't buffer the PH. Is that ok play sand to use?
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Old 05-17-2005, 08:58 AM   #6
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So is the white color a key? I saw some premium some kind or other playsand at HD, but didn't buy it because it didn't say anything about tropical or coral at all.
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You can use 100% sandblasting sand, I know many people that have used that with great sucess. Wont buffer but will give you a deeper sandbed. HTH
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Old 05-18-2005, 08:45 AM   #8
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What exactly is sandblasting sand?
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Old 05-18-2005, 06:51 PM   #9
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Could someone with some expertise take a look at this article I found while trying to search old posts?

http://www.reefs.org/library/article/r_toonen9.html

To me this sounds like silica sand shouldn't be a problem. Help!!
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Old 05-21-2005, 09:08 AM   #10
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Can we bring this back for a bit again? There are a few questions here still unanswered....any new input?

1. What is sandblasting sand?

2. That pure white "premium play sand" (I found some at HD).. OK or not?

3. Again, there's a link in my last post here which makes silica sand sound OK. Comments on this article?

$. Granular dolomite limestone (like from the garden center). Someone here is using that, can't remember who. Opinions? Anyone using it?

Thanks! I need more sand!
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