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Old 07-13-2006, 02:52 AM   #1
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Live Sand?

We're setting up a new 60 GAL FOWLR tank, and want to use sand as our substrate. Would you recommend using live sand, or getting playground sand?

If playground sand - what's a good brand to use, and any suggestions on who carries it? (PS - We're located in SoCal)

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Here is a nice discussion on sand and playsand:
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=22188
As for who carries it, I would look in the CA forum, since that is where you are located, some one there might know of a specific store.
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I read all the stuff aboul playsand like roka64 suggested but I couldn't find any so I went with CaribSea. I wish I could have found the playsand thou.
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Pool filter sand tends to work better than playground sound imo, cheap to, like $5 for 50 lbs.

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works better than PLAYGROUND sand. Sorry lol.
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I used live sand in mine. If you can afford it that is what I would get.
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Old 07-14-2006, 07:33 PM   #6
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In my 75 that I am gearing to to get, i wl going to be using a combo live sand and Caribsea sand to get the best of both worlds.

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Do you guys think the caribsea "live sand" is really live? I understand that it doesn't need rinsing so that would be a plus I guess.
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I really don't know if it's still "live" or not. I've heard people saying that it's not due to the fact that it's been in the bag for who-knows-how-long. I would get some argonite (sp?) sand and add a handful of live sand (ask the LFS for the sand in their coral tanks) to seed the argonite.
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I guess the bag has a date on it so it does expire, but who knows.
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Thanks all for the tips/suggestions

Does Pool Filter Sand really work ?????

We bought the last 4 bags of Quikrete Playground Sand ... but we haven't done anything with it yet - because we don't know if its the right stuff.

It says on it that its been strained, etc - but I can't find the silica content on the bag.

Any ideas?
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