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Old 05-30-2005, 11:39 PM   #1
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did I use the wrong sand from HD?

I've been reading through the playsand discussions again and now wonder if I used the wrong sand...

I purchased a bag from HD some time ago... the packaging is long gone but maybe I can describe it well enough. It was in the garden department, a blue and red bag with a boy in overalls. It specifically said not for use in aquariums, but I thought I read that this was some type of contractual obligation or such. I can't remember the name of the product.

Does anyone recognize my description of the bag? Was this the right type of sand? The whole bag is in the aquarium now...

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Old 05-30-2005, 11:42 PM   #2
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Sounds like the right stuff. I have never seen it in my area but sounds right.
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that does sound like the right stuff.. your right, that is because of that contract stuff so they just label it that way.... i think i have seen pics of that sand before on this fourm some where, sounds like the right stuff.... im using quikrete myself

i dont mind it but you should send me a few bags of that stuff for free anyways =)
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Old 05-31-2005, 12:02 AM   #4
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copi. Try this thread. Hope it helps answer your question.


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Old 05-31-2005, 12:32 AM   #5
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copi. Try this thread. Hope it helps answer your question.

Yes this is one of the threads that I was reading that got me thinking about this subject again. However the sand I am describing came from HD, not WalMart or Kmart, and is not any of those described in the thread you linked.

I did not want to hijack that thread and take it off in another direction, so I posted my question as a new thread.
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They have the same brand at my local home depot. I gave it the vinegar test and it did nothing. I had my fingers crossed because I wanted some too.
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They have the same brand at my local home depot. I gave it the vinegar test and it did nothing. I had my fingers crossed because I wanted some too.
Ugh, so what damage have I done to my system by using this sand everybody?
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They have the same brand at my local home depot. I gave it the vinegar test and it did nothing. I had my fingers crossed because I wanted some too.
Ugh, so what damage have I done to my system by using this sand everybody?
Probably none, the silica sand just has sharp edges on the sand and will might cut inverts such as snails that go across them. You also won't have the buffering benefits of using argonite bases sand.
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You got the right stuff... HD sold the original South Down bags that had the boy on them... I still have a few bags in my garage.
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only problems is silica sand compacts easily, and offers no buffering ability.
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