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Old 06-10-2004, 11:28 PM   #1
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This play sand thing...help

Ok guys. Im about to start a new 100 SW tank and want to do sand this time. I DONT want to pay $25 for a small bag of LS. AND I dont have any way to get the Southdown or Old Castle sand....whats the next suggestion? I need any and all smart suggestions...I really need to locate something. Its going to be a reef eventually so keep this in mind. I dont want any major problems down the line either so with these 2 things, whats your suggestion!! Thanks
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Old 06-11-2004, 12:32 AM   #2
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Re: This play sand thing...help

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Ok guys. Im about to start a new 100 SW tank and want to do sand this time. I DONT want to pay $25 for a small bag of LS. AND I dont have any way to get the Southdown or Old Castle sand....whats the next suggestion? I need any and all smart suggestions...I really need to locate something. Its going to be a reef eventually so keep this in mind. I dont want any major problems down the line either so with these 2 things, whats your suggestion!! Thanks
Why can't you get the playsand from HD? They have plenty of locations throughout Texas. What part of the state are you in?
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Any major hardware store will carry playsand. Walmart and Kmart will carry playsand. It doesn't have to be any particular brand as long as it's playsand and not construction grade.
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Old 06-11-2004, 08:36 AM   #4
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Most "play" sand is silica sand. Most people look for old castle, etc. because it is aragonite sand and will give you better buffering capabilities.

I have read that you can use silica sand as long as it is 100% silica but some silica has feldspar and other not so good ingredients. These can be harmful to sand critters due to the particles being sharp.

I am not saying you can't use it because seems like some do but most will try to find those particular brands.

I spent the extra money whan I did my and got it at the LFS. $22 for a 30lb bag sucked but I could not find anything better. I only have a 75 gal so it did not hurt real bad

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Old 06-11-2004, 10:04 AM   #5
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Well I had thought you could use regular play sand from one of the local stores too but from what I have read, reg play sand will promote algea. Plus like ellisz said, I had heard the same thing about reg play sand not being good for critters.
SO how many people have used just regular play sand and where did you get it from? Whats the name of it? Just playsand?? If others have used it I would like to know. Maybe Im just being to paranoid..
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Old 06-12-2004, 06:36 PM   #6
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I and many others use quickrete (or similar, can't remember the exact spelling). Same company that makes 60lb bags of cement mix in hardware stores and have had 0 problems with it. My algae problems are no greater and no less than any tank I've seen with any substrate. I'm not trying to disuade anyone from any particular brand or type of sand, but if you can't find what you're looking for, there are alternatives that will work. My personal budget won't allow me to spend $100+ at my lfs on sand alone.
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Old 06-15-2004, 08:32 PM   #7
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Sand

Well I dont want to afford the high price at the local fish store either. i may chk out the sand you have....you say its quickrete?? I think that is a very popular brand name amoung concrete for sure.
Is there anyone else that uses this or any other brand in their tank? I also might get 1 bag from a LFS and put it in with the off brand as i would call it....
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The Old Castle, Southdown sand is much whiter from what I understand. That alone is keeping me from buying quickrete, or some other brand.

PS. I cant find any either.
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Yes I sure wish I could get my hands on some sand that will work...period!! I would be happy with this. Im just paranoid to put anything other than LS in my tank!
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This may not satisfy you. But I have a 65 gal tank that I filled with 1 bag of quickrete playsand and then topped it off with crushed coral. The sand id a brownish color but when topped with the coral you can't see it. I hope the critters just don't dig moe thatn about 1 in. deep.
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