I just got back from Lowes today. My lowes has a WAY better selection of sands than HD
. They also had some paper-bagged quickcrete sand.. One of the bags was busted open and the sand didn't look industrial enough to be eliminated from the equation quite yet. I picked up 2 100lb bags of it for 7 bucks each. The stuff looks IDENTICAL to the tropical sand I see on the internet and in the LFS
. I have an intensive photographic memory, and the grain size and variations, size of granules, shape, etc.. all were rather similar to aragonite. The bag says "May contain FREE silicates"... I have heard of people using silica sand and said that leeching wasn't as possible as some make it seem. Also, the size was like sugar and it was bright white (not bleached). The bag said it was sterilized.
I'm wondering if I should pre-rinse the sand prior to using it in my tank, or if it is probably okay the way it is.. right out of the bag.
Also wanted to know if anybody has used quickcrete brand sand for their reef and if it has served them well.
Also, an Idaho HD
has Old Castle sand for $2.42 / 50lb bag. Its a good couple hour drive to idaho and back from here (Oregon), but is it worth it for Old Castle? Also, Is Old Castle sand WHITE in color? or is it a darker color?
Any information is greatly appreciated. Thank you!