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Old 04-08-2011, 07:57 PM   #11
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backk to pfs people say it compacts but it dosnt it was desighned for water to pass through but that play sand will quickly commpact and thats not good
I decided to go PFS because of that very reason, it's designed to have water pass without compacting and because it's a bit larger grain than play sand. Mine is in FW right now, but my brackish will have PFS as I'm getting it ready and my future SW will have it too.
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Estes's Ultra Reef sand, extremely cheap from Big Al's! You'll probably need only 2 bags and you can get it in white, black, beige, and blue!
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I decided to go PFS because of that very reason, it's designed to have water pass without compacting and because it's a bit larger grain than play sand. Mine is in FW right now, but my brackish will have PFS as I'm getting it ready and my future SW will have it too.

Good luck. Based on experience, I'll say you will definitely need it. PFS lacks any buffering capacity. Please research before you add animals to your future tanks.
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Good luck. Based on experience, I'll say you will definitely need it. PFS lacks any buffering capacity. Please research before you add animals to your future tanks.
Buffering capacity? The gravel from Petco (soon to be replaced with PFS) has buffering capacity?
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I assumed he meant SW, but I may be wrong. I do know that aragonite buffers pH in the SW aquarium
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I assumed he meant SW, but I may be wrong. I do know that aragonite buffers pH in the SW aquarium
Yep, you're right he did. So when you said either would work, which did you mean? Wouldn't PFS become live sand after a while? My local PFS isn't silica based.
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yeah itl become live after awhile
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