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Old 07-21-2009, 03:28 PM   #21
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Many use PFS/play sand/etc. You just need to make sure there aren't other additives like those used for concrete. PFS and those labeled as play sand are the safest. All the same critters will thrive in PFS as with aragonite. You'll lose some buffering capability but is easily overcome. I believe you'll find the PFS is 100% (give or take) silica.

Not sure what you mean ---- but you dont get the biological plus that you would if you had aragonite sand. ---- As the statement stands I believe it to be incorrect.
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Old 07-22-2009, 12:53 AM   #22
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Honestly I thought they sold finer arg sand, but the stuff I see around in my fish stores looks like chopped shells, maybe a few centimeters wide a piece. I'm going to have to act soon though in regards to sand, my RO/DI unit just got here...
That is not sand it is crushed coral. I would not use it because it traps detrius and when coraline starts growing on it it looks dirty
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Old 07-22-2009, 08:33 AM   #23
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Ah, so there go my options entirely. Looks like I'll be trying the PFS...
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From what I understand, the main reasons for not using PFS in SW (and I'm a huge fan of it for FW) is that it is reported to cause longer lived and more pronounced diatom problems and lacks the buffering of aragonite.
That is partially true. Sand other than aragonite is usually silica based and that silica will get released into the system which can cause a diatom bloom.
Aragonite sand in a SW aquarium DOES NOT buffer anything. The pH needs to be around 7.2 before the aragonite starts to dissolve and give off buffering affects. If the pH of a SW tank is 7.2, you will have lots of dead creatures in it and buffering should be the least of your worries. Aragonite sand WILL buffer a FW tank because of the typically lower pH.
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Hmmmm, interesting article. It almost seems to say it's neither good nor bad. I vaugely remember someone saying there was some "argonite base" play sand at home depot, maybe called carribean something, that was a good choice as it was an arg base.
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There was, years ago. If you can find it God bless.. I don't think anyone has found any in years since the Carib's stopped allowing the practice of harvesting their beaches
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Yeah, I'll try to get to Lowes today and see if they have anything worth while. Other then that I guess it will be off to the pool supply store...
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Old 07-22-2009, 02:24 PM   #29
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My Lowes here has PlaySand but not Pool filter sand.
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My Lowes here has PlaySand but not Pool filter sand.
Check out Leslie's Pool Supply. They have locations all over Vegas.
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