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Old 02-19-2005, 07:13 PM   #1
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How can I tell if it's argonite or silica sand?

Is it possible to tell by looking at it? I bought some at menards not knowing I needed argonite. I called them and the guy that answered said it was argonite but I would like to know for sure.

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Old 02-19-2005, 07:17 PM   #2
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pour some vinigar on it... if it fizzes and foams it's calcium based.
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Old 02-19-2005, 09:38 PM   #3
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If the vinegar makes it fizz and maybe slightly dissolving the sand, it is the right kind. If not use it for the driveway or the kids sand box. I could no find any and had to go to LFS and buy the kind at the store and pay LFS price ($27)
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Old 02-19-2005, 09:49 PM   #4
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Cool Thanks! Now I have to go to the grocery store though - we used all of our vinegar last Easter.....
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Old 02-19-2005, 11:08 PM   #5
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OK, it looks more like a glass of 7UP, no foaming though. Is that what I'm looking for?
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Old 02-19-2005, 11:11 PM   #6
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If you dumped the sand into the vinager that sounds right. Try pouring a small amount of vinager on some sand. That should give you some fizzing.
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Old 02-19-2005, 11:18 PM   #7
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Thats what I did. Put a small amount of sand in a drinking glass then poured about an inch or so of vinegar. Obviously I want to be positive on this - I hate being a newbie at all this!!!
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that sounds like it is good. I usually use a tsp of sand and enough vinager to wet the sand good.
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If you had some Muriatic acid, youd know for sure.
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Old 02-19-2005, 11:32 PM   #10
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I put less vinegar in and now it is sort of foaming - must be it

Sorry, don't have any Muriatic acid on hand
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