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Old 03-03-2005, 10:50 AM   #11
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Thanks for the tip.
Also, I was just wondering... dumb question but I have to ask.... why can it NOT be silica? Will the "good" bacteria (yeah, I'm new at this), not grow on it?
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Old 03-03-2005, 11:19 AM   #12
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It's got a bunch of bad stuff in it. I've heard of SW keepers using it, but personally I think it's just wrong. I wouldn't want to live in a tub of water with all these chemicals...

http://www.u-s-silica.com/MSDS/msds_quartz_html.html
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Old 03-03-2005, 12:09 PM   #13
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ok, I've just done some googling for "silica sand for aquarium" and am finding that it may not be so bad, such as this article..

http://www.reefs.org/library/article/r_toonen9.html

I am so totally confused now. I just can't see spending $150 for sand at my lfs if silica will be just fine. With the money I would save I could buy some base/live rock.

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There are other reasons aragonite sands are better for a saltwater tank. Silica sands may not be bad, but there is still the truth that aragonite is better if you can get it. I dont know all of the nutrients that a reef needs to grow and be healthy, but I know that calcium is one of those and helps promote corraline algae growth. Not to mention the buffering capacity arogonitic sands provide. You may very well have decent luck using a quartz based sand, but the fact is, a good calcium carbonate based (aragonitic) sand is invaluable in a saltwater aquarium.

The article you provided is a great one. Very informative and you might elect to try using a quartz sand in your tank. It would be a great experiment to see how well it works for you. good luck!
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Old 03-03-2005, 01:12 PM   #15
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Also worth mentioning is that silica sand has alot of sharp jagged edges in it and if you have sand sifting critters it can be not so good.
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Old 03-07-2005, 05:54 PM   #16
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u CAN use it
but it will NOT have any buffering capabilities
seems it would be better to get the yardright or old castle tropical stuff
i have 120#'s of caribisea aragamax select
have no probs with the levels (need more)
and coraline is starting to grow
if u use the silica stuff you will have to constantly buffer the water
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