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Old 05-18-2011, 02:04 PM   #1
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Play sand or pool sand? Pros? Cons?

Looking to fill my 125 with about 250lbs of sand. I have heard soo many different things about the two listed in the title. Personally I didn't like the texture of the pool filter sand. The play sand was very small and seemed like the better texture.

What are the pros/cons of each? I have to rinse both right? Even though the playsand said screened and washed?

I'm looking to buy it this weekend so any input would be great!

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I believe both of those sands have a ton of silicates in them causing algae outbreaks. I wouldn't recommend either in a saltwater tank.
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So your advice would be spend the extra and stick with aragonite?
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Would rinsing the sand remove the silicates possibly? I know ALOT of people have used either or and I haven't heard anything specific about the outcome.

If its a matter of maintenance on the tank to avoid algae I can do that. i also have a lawnmower blenny and a sea hare so I never see algae now.
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The silicates in sand are in crystal form and are not a problem.The silica sand causing algae outbreaks is another myth that exists in the aquarium world. (probably someone who had an outbreak was looking for something to blame it on)
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So in your opinion I should be ok with 250lbs of play sand? This is a reef tank as well if that makes any difference. As an added note, i happen to have a silicate test kit. No idea igf it's supposed to be 0 but I can always test it. Though that won't help much once the sand and water is in LOL
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Had I know what just posted I myself would have done this thank you carey for bringing it up.
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Would it make any sense to mix the two? I assume that the playsand is gonna be tough to keep clean being that it's so tiny and the PFS is too big I think on it's own but maybe a 50/50 mix?

I'm also going for a DSB on this build. That should be interesting
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