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Old 10-05-2005, 10:51 AM   #1
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Kolorscape sand at Home Depot?

Well guys this is my first post here and my first stab at a saltwater set-up. I have been reading on this forum for about 2 weeks and learned about southdown/Oldcastle sand. I've look at all the Home Depots around here and couldn't find it. Walmarts and Kmarts, everywhere. Well last night I stopped at the last Home Depot closest to my home and found sand that fizzed in Vinegar. The package said it was by Oldcastle and distributed by another company. I have a bad memory but I think the label on the bad was Kolorscape Playsand. The guy at Home depot let me take a handful from an already open bag. Well it fizzed. Its white and looks close to sugar. My question is the bag said it contains silicates and is harmful if breathed in. Is this O.K for my fish or should my search go on for the real sand everybody has? I'll tell you guys the Home Depot in Massachusetts if anyone needs its. They had a couple dozen bags left.
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i think you should go for it
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Old 10-05-2005, 11:46 AM   #3
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It's fine, no reason to keep searching.
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Old 10-05-2005, 02:28 PM   #4
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Alright I'll get some more bags. If anyone wants it there at the Home Depot on Gold Star Blvd in Worcester.
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Old 10-05-2005, 11:36 PM   #5
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It is fine but is silica sand. It won't give you the buffering capabilities that aragonite does and it may have sharp edges.

Can be used though.
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it fizzed so obviously it will buffer the water to some degree.
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Old 10-06-2005, 09:16 AM   #7
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I think aragonite sand will practilly disolve in the vinegar test. I have read of silica sand fizzing a bit on some occasions depending on the make up of the sand.
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Old 10-06-2005, 12:18 PM   #8
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It said that it might contain small traces of silica. I left it in a cup with vinegar and when it stopped fizzing dumped it out and added more Vinegar. Well after almost a whole bottle of vinegar the sand was half the amount of what I put in. So it's dissolving.
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Old Castle Playsand

I contacted Old Castle in Delaware. They advised that the sand was mined from the Delware beaches and is safe for aquariums. I bought 200 lbs and it's been in my tank for two months witn no problems.

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Old 10-07-2005, 01:22 PM   #10
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GREAT!

Was it hard for you to clean the sand? Or did you throw it right in? It took me a good while to rinse it out in a 5 gallon bucket. Really milky at first.

Another question, I don't really want to start another thread.

I already have an established freshwater tank. Can I just take the filter from that tank and cycle with the pre-existing bacteria? Or saltwater cycle is entirely different and has to be started from scratch?
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