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Old 10-16-2005, 07:21 PM   #1
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questions about playsand

We are setting up a new 190 sw reef with 120 sump/refugium. Husband is working on the plumbing/set up as we speak.

We found Old Castle white playsand at Home Depot. It says "warning, may have small amounts of silica". Is this the right sand? I know that there is a test with vinegar that we can do on the sand, can someone fill me in on the details of how to test? We brought a small sample home.

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Old 10-16-2005, 07:27 PM   #2
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Old 10-17-2005, 12:27 AM   #3
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whats this sand for?
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Old 10-17-2005, 12:41 AM   #4
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The sand that you have may not be the sand that you are looking for... at least I am not familiar with warnings of silicate content on the Southdown/Oldcastle "Tropical Play Sand". To do the vinegar test simply poor some vinegar onto the sand and see if it foams up. If it does then you probably have the Aragonite sand that you are looking for.

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Of course you had to find it in Michigan. We in Texas have to import it by the pallet if we can even find it at all. But, yea, that's the right stuff.
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Old 10-17-2005, 11:47 AM   #6
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Is it the Kolorscape name? I made a thread about that a couple of threads down. Someone else mentioned they were using it for a couple months now too.
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I believe what she has found is NOT the tropical aragonite sand, but Old Castle's new playsand. I saw a pallet of it at the local HD store and asked about the Old Castle Tropical Play Sand, and was told that they no longer carry it, now they just carry plain "Old Castle brand Play Sand." There is a silica warning on it because this is not the same tropical sand they used to carry.

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this is the thread where it was discussed
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Not all of the HD stores carry the Kolorscape sand. Some of them only have the Play Sand with the Old Castle logo on the bottom of the bag. The Kolorscape sand is different. I believe the OP was referring to the plain play sand and not the Kolorscape sand, but correct me if I am wrong Kimberly...
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My husband is the one who found it last night. I chose to not go chase our two toddlers at HD and stayed home. He said it was Old Castle Playsand with a "warning".

We did a vinegar test. No clue as to whether we did it right or not. But he brought home a handful of the sand and we put it in a bowl and poured plain white distilled vinegar on it. Nothing really happened. So I have no clue as to what that means.

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