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Old 11-18-2010, 12:28 AM   #151
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Thanks I will let it run like that for while longer to break it in some.. Has actually skimmed much more so far than my previous bak pak 2 skimmer..
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Old 11-18-2010, 10:23 PM   #152
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can i use regular sand for my dsb? homedepot sells play sand i am guessing the one they use for parks, would i be able to use that? i know it doesnt have to be live sand but i am not sure if i can use the play sand if i rinse it well.
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Old 11-19-2010, 03:31 AM   #153
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Play sand is mainly silica and not very good for a reef setup.
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Old 11-19-2010, 07:13 AM   #154
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a lot of controversy surrounds the use of silica based sand. at the very least it does nothing to buffer PH. some say silicates support algae growth. others say it's just inert and the stuff they make glass out of. how can it be bad?
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Old 11-19-2010, 09:27 AM   #155
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I don't see a problem with using the silica based play sand, but here's some reading so you can decide for yourself.

Silica SAND article by Rob Toonen

SILICA IN REEF AQUARIUMS by RANDY HOLMES-FARLEY, Ph.D.


Beaches - Products of Waves and Sand from the USGS
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Old 11-19-2010, 03:28 PM   #156
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Thanks for the info...i guess ill see what I decide to go with..
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Old 11-20-2010, 03:05 PM   #157
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does this look normal...i am assuming this is good but shoudn't it be more foamy than wet? it will produce this in a day well pretty much over night.
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i would like it a lot darker. where are you located?
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Old 11-20-2010, 06:58 PM   #159
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I am located in near the los angeles area CA...
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Old 11-20-2010, 07:04 PM   #160
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lol...well, that rules out my stopping by to have a look at it.
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