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Old 09-05-2012, 01:50 AM   #21
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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.
Quickrete play sand has no such warnings.
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Old 09-05-2012, 01:56 AM   #22
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Aragonite also buffers the tanks alkalinity some.
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Old 09-05-2012, 02:03 AM   #23
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If you look it up online quickrete is safe for aquariums atleast thats what the manufacture says. Not sure about salt but its good to go on fresh as I have it in 3 tanks
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Old 09-05-2012, 02:23 AM   #24
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there's always black diamond blasting sand if you're looking for something other than the natural look
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Old 09-05-2012, 02:24 AM   #25
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I'm glad to see there are cheaper options that look good, if I was to buy Carib-sea sand 25lbs bags, it would cost about as much as a new skimmer.
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Old 09-05-2012, 02:39 AM   #26
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My 55 gal freshwater community any my 5 gal pico reef. I used the same PFS from the pool store in both tanks. I bought 2 50lb bags and still have a whole bag left. Wish I lived closer to VA Beach. I would have boiled the beach sand and used it in my pico. Before I had my pico set up for salt, it housed a betta. I went to the river and got sand, boiled it for about 20 mins, rinsed it good and used it in the tank with the betta.
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Play sand will cause issues diatoms grow with silica and play sand is made out of silicates. If you are worried about the price of sand you probably should find a different hobby. Sand is on the cheaper end of the hobby. You get what you pay for
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Old 09-05-2012, 08:35 AM   #29
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I've used quickrete play sand before and I ended up removing it. Maybe there are different types but the bag I got was really dirty, too fine grained, and was a really tan color.
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Play sand will cause issues diatoms grow with silica and play sand is made out of silicates. If you are worried about the price of sand you probably should find a different hobby. Sand is on the cheaper end of the hobby. You get what you pay for
Never had diatoms... to me sand is sand
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