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Old 08-17-2003, 04:26 PM   #1
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Garden Basics play sand from Wal-Mart?

I can't find Southdown locally. I can get the following brands. I found one post on here that said the Garden Basics is the same as Southdown. Can anyone verify that? What are your recommendation about these sands?

-Garden Basics play sand (from Wal-Mart)
-Gulf Coast White Beach play sand
-Ozark Landscaping Play Sand
-Premium Play Sand (T-C landscaping)
-Quickcrete Play Sand
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Old 08-17-2003, 10:22 PM   #2
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i have never heard that but i would like to know also if you find out your self
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Re: Garden Basics play sand from Wal-Mart?

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I found one post on here that said the Garden Basics is the same as Southdown.
If the sand is the same size, sterilized, and (I'm spacing out, am I saying the right word) silicate free, then its pretty close.
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If you want to test of this sand is silica based or argonite based get 1 bag and take it home. Put a little sand in a bowl and pour a little vinegar into the sand thats in the bowl. If the sand starts to have a chemical reaction and bubble up then its argonite based. If the sand just sits there and just looks wet then its silica based.

Oh and silica and silicates are totally different. Silica sand will not case a diatom problem nor will it leach silicates.
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Old 08-18-2003, 03:46 PM   #5
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Worked for me....

I used 2 55 lb bags of Garden Basics from Wal-Mart in my 55gal tank....seeded with 20 lbs of live aragonite, and 2 lbs from the LFS reef tank....Tank looks beautiful, and the DSB works like a charm.
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Old 08-19-2003, 12:49 AM   #6
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CrossRamZ11 - Did you do the vinegar test to see if it is aragonite or silica based?
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No....

Nope, read a post that someone else used it with success, and I went off of that. My DSB has been in for about 3-4 months, is working fine, fish are all healthy and happy, and I have plenty of bubbles in the DSB, meaning it is working well....
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I don't think it really matters what the sand is made of. Actual sand, silica dioxide, is ok to use. What is most important is the particle size. The most beneficial bacteria grow on particle size of about .13mm. I believe the recommended average particle size is about .125, or 1/8, mm.

The only real issue about the silica vs. argonite, is the tendence for the silica to be prone to a diatom outbreak after you cycle. HTH. I'll try to find my source for backing if anyone is interested.
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Also, it would be helpful if it is Aragonite based because of buffering pH.
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Old 08-25-2003, 01:23 PM   #10
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Ok, I tested the following sands and no fizz
-Wal-Mart Garden Basics
-Gulf Coast White Ocean (from Wal-Mart)
-Best Play Sand from Toys-R-Us

The Best and the Gulf Coast are both white sands with a good particle size, so should be fine, but do appear to be silica sands.
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