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Old 09-24-2005, 03:53 AM   #1
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him in kinda of a predicament here. i live in japan so reading stuff isnt easy. i recently went to a hardware store and i saw large bags with sand. it was 150 yen a bag(only a dollar 50!!!) but the bag is just plain and no label. just a big bag of sand that has little broek nshells in it and such and looks like beach sand. should i get it or no? and if i cant get that may i get sand fro mthe beach, i live on okinawa japan not mainland so im guessing less pollution. and its also legal. thank you very much!!

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Old 09-27-2005, 01:08 PM   #2
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almost all ocean sand will be polluted in some way. so, you may have a problem no matter where you live.

as for the bagged sand... for that low price i would buy some and do a vinegar test on it. take some of the sand, and place it in a bowl. then pour some vinegar over the sand. if it fizzes then you have a calcium based aragonite sand. that is what you want. if it does not fizz, then you have a silica based sand.

silica sand will work in a tank, as it is not toxic to the fish, but it will not provide any natural pH buffering, like an aragonite sand will.

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