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Old 08-01-2005, 11:05 PM   #1
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Is this a good sand for a DSB?

It's time for me to make a big purchase on sand. The best deal i've found for so far ( i live in Nebraska and have little selection from the lfs) is from Dr.'s Foster & Smith. They're selling two kinds of sand i think may work. The problem is, i don't know which is better?

What sand should i get for a 5" DSB:

sand one (specifically the meridian Oolithic on this page)
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...&N=2004+113553


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sand two
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...&N=2004+113553
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Old 08-01-2005, 11:16 PM   #2
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Check your local HD's Some carry a aragnite play sand that works great and is less than $4 for around 50lbs It is apparently regional so cross your fingers. stay away from silica sand.
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Old 08-01-2005, 11:18 PM   #3
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Check your local HD's Some carry a aragnite play sand that works great and is less than $4 for around 50lbs It is apparently regional so cross your fingers. stay away from silica sand.
cool. yeah, i've already checked HD and they only have one kind of sand they sell and it's silica based. So i've pretty much given up with trying to find a local place that sells a aragonite based tropical play sand. I'll just get the shaft on sand since i live in BFE
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Old 08-01-2005, 11:22 PM   #4
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I bought a 3000lb pallet of it and would be glad to ship it but the shipping cost is more than if you bought it local.
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Old 08-01-2005, 11:25 PM   #5
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I bought a 3000lb pallet of it and would be glad to ship it but the shipping cost is more than if you bought it local.
This is true. Shipping on 200+ lbs of sand would be just as bad as buying it from an LFS with super high prices. Be happy you all live in a place that sells aragonite based sand. I'm envious.
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Old 08-01-2005, 11:28 PM   #6
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Here is a $5 off coupon code from drsfostersmith.com that was posted earlier.
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Here is a $5 off coupon code from drsfostersmith.com that was posted earlier.
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so which sand is better you think?
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Old 08-01-2005, 11:45 PM   #8
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A lot of people on hear use the caribsea sand but the meridian oolitic sand looks like the same stuff. I have no experience with the meridian oolitic sand though. I would think either would be fine. You may also want to check marine depot. They were running a special on free shipping on purchases over $150 sand may be exempt though.
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Brenden, if you are interested in shipping the sand, check out Greyhound. I have heard that people have used them to ship really large telescopes. The cost isn't meant to be all that bad, it just takes a while to get there.
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Unless you need the buffering effects of aragonite sand, or want the different color of designer sand, just use a playsand that looks like you like.
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