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Old 03-11-2015, 05:32 PM   #11
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It's volcanic glass if it's shiny.

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I'm not sure the MUDs worth it. I've seen it used for years, but I like burrowing creatures and the aragonite has worked for me for decades. I have also read some horror stories of deep sand beds going badly.


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I don't necessarily recommend this, but I use the black sand that you buy at petco. I bought for it's aesthetic quality. I think it's pretty sweet to have black sand and a painted blue background, then have your LEDs emit moonlight. It's tough to see algae, but still recognizable. But I don't think it has any of the beneficial properties like aragonite or crushed coral. I don't know if it's glass or died sand. Someone on here might know more about it's physical properties.

It depends on particle size. The bacterial lives on the surfaces, so it needs to be not too small so it packs together, but not too large as it looses surface area. It looks great to me as well, but I worried about silica particles. It doesn't have any chemical qualities of any kind that I am aware of.


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I don't buy the mud thing either. I was just giving some extra info as people lately have the idea that a DSB only has to be 2" deep.
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I don't buy the mud thing either. I was just giving some extra info as people lately have the idea that a DSB only has to be 2" deep.

I love my sand sifters so it's a no go for me as well.


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