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Old 09-09-2011, 07:07 PM   #11
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I didnt like the texture of the play sand myself. Do you have a pool supply place around? They sell the pool filter sand for like $7 for 50lbs. Leslie pool supply is a popular chain.

Most of my home depots didnt carry it either, I lucked out about an hour away from home in finding it.
I will look around. Any chance the pool filter sand comes in white?
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Old 09-09-2011, 07:10 PM   #12
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Also, silica sand is not what i'm looking for right?
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Old 09-09-2011, 07:13 PM   #13
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Silica free would be just as good. Mine must have been cause I did a silicate test and it came back at 0. but silcates will only encourage some algae growth if I'm not mistaken, it wont have any detrimental effect on your fish.

In addition, someone posted an article here not too long ago about the benefits to having silicate in your system. It's not all bad.

It is a pain to rinse it out though, I'll tell you that much. I had to rinse 250lbs of the stuff. LOL
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Old 09-09-2011, 08:15 PM   #14
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Thanks Carey,

So I Called a few pool places around. Seems all they carry is silica sand for pool filters. Price is around $12 for a 50lbs bag.

http://www.lesliespool.com/Home/Filters-and-Filter-Supplies/Filter-Supplies/14700.html

If i were to use silica sand, would the algae growth be that big an issue?
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Old 09-09-2011, 08:22 PM   #15
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I don't think so. I haven't experienced anything and I'm not really sure if I had silicate sand or not. The test was confusing and I may have screwed it up lol. It was so cheap though so I can't imagine it being silicate free entirely.
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Old 09-09-2011, 08:28 PM   #16
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Thanks for your help Carey! I think i'm going to go with the silica PFS. Just gotta find it in white.
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There are conflicting answers if silica sand is a bad thing, I have heard that they may release silicates which cause diatom outbreaks, but on the other hand your glass is made of silicates as is the silicon that holds it together. I think most people get into trouble when there is silicates in the water, If you us rodi filter for your water you should be fine.
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Old 09-09-2011, 08:40 PM   #18
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I've read the same, and yes, definitely planning on using rodi water. Called everwhere and can't find any PFS in white. I may just end up using white silica play sand from Lowes.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_10392-74291-00014_4294858246_4294937087_?productId=3305740&Ns= p_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_product_qty_sales_d ollar|1&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_Sand_4294858246_4294 937087_%3FNs%3Dp_product_prd_lis_ord_nbr|0||p_prod uct_qty_sales_dollar|1&facetInfo=
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