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Old 04-11-2006, 05:27 PM   #1
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I went to my local home depot and lowes to looked at some sand. They both have play sand but different brands. What should I look for in the sand when im buying for my 55 gal new reef tank.

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Preferably, you're looking for an argonite based sand rather than a silica based sand. You can look at this page for a close up view of the differences:
http://www.inlandreef.com/Testing/SandPhotos.html

This thread here has some more discussion on the sands:
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewto...t=compare+sand
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Put a little in a small cup and pour some vinegar on it. If it foams up it is argonite and not silica.
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If it foams that means it's safe right?
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If it foams that means it's safe right?
Yes. Foam means more than a few bubbles though. Most have a trace but if it foams good then go for it.
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