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Old 10-26-2004, 08:38 PM   #1
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is it safe to use play sand

for your fish tank??? will this help cycle the tank and will it become live sooner or later? TIA
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Old 10-26-2004, 08:40 PM   #2
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it dosent add to the cycle, but is very fine and cheap 3-6dollars for 50 lbs, the only sand safe to use is aragonite based sands that lack silicates. i believe there are two brands people commonly use one is old castle the other im not sure of
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I have never been able to get yard right or old castle sand in my area. I have just used the regular "play sand" and it is doing ok for me. I have not had any problems I can attribute to sand. I am sure the other sand would be better, but regular playsand will do ok.
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and southdown.
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Old 10-26-2004, 08:47 PM   #5
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biggest benefit to argonite is that it is a ph buffer
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thanks yall are lots of help
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Regular playsand is fine, it only lacks the buffering capabilites of aragonite.
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i used play sand for the bottom layer then 40lbs of live sand on top....its working fine for me..




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Old 10-27-2004, 10:36 AM   #9
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Can playsand be made live?
I am just starting up a 20 gallon fowlr here and was curious. Jeff
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When you add the live rock, it will seed the sand with life.
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