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Old 01-15-2006, 10:43 PM   #1
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Where to purchase my sand

I just bought my tank today and im picking it up tomarrow. I have read on here that u can get sand from like home depot or lowes somehow and then make it live sand.

Can someone please clearify this for me im still kinda confused as to what kind of sand im after

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Old 01-15-2006, 11:40 PM   #2
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The sand that you are looking for is "Old Castle Tropical Play Sand" I found some at the Lower Paxton Home Depot outside of Harrisburg a couple of summers ago. There have been a few rumors that Old Castle doesn't manufacture it anymore but I don't know if it is true. Also, the sand is seasonal, so if it is still in production, it might not be available until spring. If you do find it you will need to test it with vinegar to see if it is actually aragonite. Simply poor a little bit of vinegar on the sand and see if it foams up. If it foams it is the right sand.
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Old 01-15-2006, 11:56 PM   #3
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Sweet ill have to start my search ASAP
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Old 01-16-2006, 12:11 AM   #4
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Also do i add the water then the sand or sand and then water lol ?????????
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I didn't bother to rinse the sand and just put it in first. I then covered it up with a sheet of aluminum foil. Added the water on top of the foil. The foil floated up as the water level rose. This helped a little with water cloudiness. (It still took about 3 days for the water to clear up though)
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Makes sense to try that though good Idea
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Old 01-16-2006, 12:22 AM   #7
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Also, if you do find the sand could you post where you got it from over in this thread... http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=22188 I'd be interested to know if it is still available and a lot of others would like to track it down as well.
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Old 01-16-2006, 12:30 AM   #8
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it doesn't make any diffeence which one first, ur water will get cloudy and then settle down later on, but if u want to make it easier sand first then water
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I just was wondering if there was a certain way i should follow im doing everything i can not to mess this up
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the home depot has it here as "tropical play sand". 5$ for 50 lbs.
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