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Old 09-04-2012, 07:22 PM   #11
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Looks good guys. I believe I will go with pool filter sand, it looks great. Thanks.
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:41 PM   #12
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Isn't anyone worried about silica content? I used crushed aragonite as I know it is made of calcium basically. Crushed coral sand is not so good for stuff like jaw fish, but I would worry that plain sand would maybe stimulate diatom growth. The reef is covered in crushed coral sand, much made in the digestive tract of parrot fish.
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Old 09-04-2012, 07:52 PM   #13
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I agree about the diatom growth Greg . With my tank it did seem to last longer than my older tank that I used aragonite sand but in the end once it burned itself out of the silicates it has not returned .
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Can I get crushed coral from a local farmers co-op? Isn't it used for chicken scratch? I think I read that on a DIY live rock guide.
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Old 09-04-2012, 11:53 PM   #15
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I believe that's crushed oyster shell.
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:38 AM   #16
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Home depot sells 50lbs bags of play sand for like $4 which is what I use in my tanks it works really well and looks nice ill try to get a photo.
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:44 AM   #17
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Old 09-05-2012, 12:53 AM   #18
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Home depot sells 50lbs bags of play sand for like $4 which is what I use in my tanks it works really well and looks nice ill try to get a photo.
I looked it up online the other day and it was $2.50 a bag
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Old 09-05-2012, 01:23 AM   #19
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PLAY SAND!! I love it!!
1) good pic with Terra's in it
2) my pleco ZUES eatingz a cucumber (lil bit of pleco poo in the picture)
3) the ZUES cave (rocks out of the Chesapeake bay)
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Old 09-05-2012, 01:42 AM   #20
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Most play sand manufacturers will specifically say not for use in aquariums, I know a lot of you guys use the stuff, but that was enough to turn me off to the idea.
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