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Old 05-19-2011, 07:15 PM   #61
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as i stated before, i have a friend who runs his reef with play sand and has never had an issue, and he does 30% monthly water changes
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Old 05-19-2011, 07:19 PM   #62
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Well I will be a good example then to see if this all works. fingers are crossed it all works out.
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lol you'll be fine
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:41 PM   #64
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as i stated before, i have a friend who runs his reef with play sand and has never had an issue, and he does 30% monthly water changes
Does he havve calcium/ph problems, as in more problems than the average reef keeper?

I would really LOVE to go with play sand or PFS But not at the expense of the reef I would like to start!
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he's never told me about any PH problems or calcium problems.

our live rock is calcium based and with the right ammount of rock it should be enough of a buffer
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he's never told me about any PH problems or calcium problems.

our live rock is calcium based and with the right ammount of rock it should be enough of a buffer
I believe that the rock helps and the more the better, but the rocks and sand help buffer by "dissolving" into the water column. The sand has more contact area with the water (by volume) and so it has a greater capacity for a buffer. I'm not saying rock won't buffer because it does... it's just that the with sand you have a much larger buffer.
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When your investing the kind of money it takes to build a reef, you might as well lean on the side of caution IMO. I have spent so much on everything else, why cut corners on sand. So maybe I have to wait a couple more weeks to get the funds, it is worth it in the long run.
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When your investing the kind of money it takes to build a reef, you might as well lean on the side of caution IMO. I have spent so much on everything else, why cut corners on sand. So maybe I have to wait a couple more weeks to get the funds, it is worth it in the long run.
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Keep in mind I'm not just doing this to save $$, although that is a great bonus.

Out of the 4 sw tanks I have I only kinda like the sand in one. That one has a pink fiji sand in it and it's still not what i want.

I don't want bright white sand but I also don't want something like crushed coral.

The play sand had almost the texture I want and the pool filter sand had the color.

If someone can share a worst case scenario story that'd be great. So far most people who have used it like it and haven't had any issues. But there's gotta be a horror story or two...

While I am on a tight budget these days I wouldn't risk the money invested already unless I was sure it won't harm anything. I only get paid a set amount every month so it's really hard to save unless I tap savings. (which I just wiped out for my 125g build) :-(

I never knew there were so many opinions on this topic. This thread was just for some quick answers but I guess a lot of people have the same query.
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Feature Article: Silica In Reef Aquariums — Advanced Aquarist's Online Magazine
The best resource I found based on science, experiment, and experience.
Talks about dosing silica and junk along those lines, but there's a portion about the debate of silica sand in aquaria and it addresses most of the arguments.
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