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Old 10-17-2005, 09:56 PM   #11
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I picked up some of that sand as well thinking I hit the jackpot, but no good. Not to hijack your thread (hoping that this might help), I did find leveling sand at Lowe's. It seemed to have a nice white texture. When I tossed a bit in with vinegar, I got quite a bit of fizzing. That for one seems to confirm that the Old Castle sand we have is no good. However, my question is that in the end, this sand did not completely dissolve even with the addition of more vinegar. In fact, there seemed to be a bit of "dirt" (for lack of a better word) left over? Is that typical? I'm thinking that this is no good either....
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Old 10-18-2005, 10:46 PM   #12
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I had emailed Old Castle on this several times and finally had to call them for a response. Per Old Castle they no longer produce aragonite sand due to loosing the mining rights where it was mined. I do think this was a generic litigation cop out because I now have a 3000 lb pallet of it in my garage. Keep looking. It is out there.
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Old 10-19-2005, 11:19 AM   #14
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just for some more info, take a look at this site:
http://www.inlandreef.com/Testing/SandPhotos.html

it will give you a close up view of the $20 a bag sand from the LFS and compare it to the Old Castle "white gold" and typical "play sand".

If you know what you're looking for you can almost tell the difference just in the feel. The vinegar test should disolve the sand.
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Old 10-24-2005, 01:01 PM   #15
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I just don't get it. I realize the LPS overcharges for "aquarium" sand but you are willing to spend thousands of dollars on pumps and lights, then you dump in sand that could contain anything?? At every Home Depot, Lowe's, etc the sand is next to the lawn fertilizer, weed killer, bug killer all kinds of nasty stuff. Who knows--back in the warehouse maybe a box of Roundup leaked on to the pallet of sand. It's not worth it. R
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That's true, but the same goes for any bag of sand. There is no telling how many bags may have been inadvertently sprayed by the exterminator while they were in the back of the LFS. But, surely you know that the pallets of bagged sand are shrinkwrapped and aren't unwrapped until they are out on the floor of the Lowe's and HD. So it seems to me that either bag has just as good of a chance as the other of being contaminated. Of course, even though we rinse the sand before we put it in our tanks, that doesn't mean it's safe. There are always chances some people are willing to take. I would just as soon buy the sand a little cheaper than $30 a bag for plain sand; and spend the extra money on the live sand. It's a chance I am willing to take, especially since lots of other hobbyists have posted successful experiences with it.
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If you get a bag of sand from the LPS and it kills your tank you probably can get something from the shop. If you buy sand from Home Depot that says right on the bag "Not for aquarium use" and you have a problem. Good Luck. R
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I have yet to hear of a single story of someone having a problem with sand purchased from a non-LFS.
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Latest update. Purchased 14 bags of Durascape white play sand. Packaged by OldCastle. Initially did not fizzle in vinegar. Overnight noticed substantially less sand in test tube. After adding new vinegar started noticing some bubbles. After another night, vast majority dissolved.

I guess the sand will work. The next problem was to wait for the milk cloud in my fish tank to settle - took about 4 days.

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