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Old 12-04-2003, 01:20 AM   #1
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What is southdown???

Sorry to be so neophytey but seriously , what the heck is this stuff and where will I find it? I have always used aragonite.


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It's basically the same sand sold at your LFS for 5x as much. It's commonly available at Home Depot for $5 for a 50lb bag. Do a search for it on here, you'll find pages and pages of information on it...more than you'll want to know
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whoa, i didn't realize it was that cheap!! i just decided right this second to switch my substrate and do a dsb. awesome.
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also, good thing i spent $80 on aragonite substrate too big to be effetive for a dsb. lfs's blow.
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The worst part about it is that it comes from the same place as the higherpriced carib sea stuff only they charge like 30 bucks for a 20 pound bag 8O
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yea, hopefully the southdown people dont catch on and start marketing that sand for aquariums and up the price. they could easily do that and people would still buy it over the stuff at the lfs.
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I am pretty sure i heard that southdown is actually the suplier for carib sea and has a contract with them which is why they wont even sell it to you if you tell them it is going in an aquarium (home depot probably wouldnt care less but if you try to buy it straight from southdown dont let them know what you plan to do with it
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Actually there is a little place in FL, Marcona Industries (or something like that) that supplies both Southdown (now Old Castle) and Caribsea.
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All these are brand names correct? What is the actual sand, incase we don't have those brands here?
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oh, and what color is it? (white I presume).
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