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Old 02-08-2004, 09:05 AM   #11
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I need about 150 lbs for a 3 inch base. I just bought an 80 gal tonight and I'm tossing the 55.
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Old 02-08-2004, 10:53 AM   #12
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Is it Reef Ready !? If not dont do as I did (I have a hang on back overflow box) Bring it back for a Reef Ready Tank. JMHO
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I dont have a problem with hang on overflows. Just dont use those CPR brand ones.
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I received a link to this place that has many happy reviews.
I think this is where I am going to get mine

http://www.purearagonite.com/home.html
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Old 02-08-2004, 10:00 PM   #15
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The two closest Home Depots to me do not have this sand in stock and will only transfer if I order a whole pallet. Does anyone have any that I could purchase?

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Old 02-09-2004, 01:11 AM   #16
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in April of 02 this guy had 100 bags for sale in Springfield IL tramsd1@att.net


Her is the post from another site that I got the info from http://reefcentral.com/forums/showth...Springfield+IL
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I was told by my LFS that I can use regular play sand as long as it is washed and sifted. He also advised to put the sand in boiling water first.
regular silica play sand is useless in a sw aquarium and should be avoided without question as it has no value in terms of PH buffering and biological filtration

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yes, you want to find aragonite based sand, not silica playsand

btw, i just found this in a prior post...looks like 14.95 for 40lbs aragonite reef sand
http://www.purearagonite.com/

they have a pretty handy calculator there too
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The problem is the shipping cost.
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Old 02-09-2004, 08:52 AM   #19
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I dont have a problem with hang on overflows. Just dont use those CPR brand ones.
Me hugs my CPR overflow and tells it that everything is ok and he is just simply misunderstood...

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regular silica play sand is useless in a sw aquarium and should be avoided without question as it has no value in terms of PH buffering and biological filtration
While silica will not buffer the water, the aragonite sand does not buffer it that much either. Silica sand is a perfectly suitable media for biological filtration.

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The organisms do not care about the sediment mineral composition, only the particle sizes and shapes. Most aquarists use the commonly available aragonitic sands to "provide a calcium reservoir." Additionally their bright white color is often aesthetically pleasing. However, if the system's pH and calcium concentrations get low enough to dissolve significant amounts of the sediment there are some very severe problems and all the sand in the world won't help. Very successful tanks may be set up utilizing black lava sand, or fine siliceous sand, as long as the grains are of the appropriate size. There is some concern that siliceous sand will fuel diatom blooms, but such blooms may be controlled by the appropriate grazers.
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