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Old 09-20-2004, 06:14 PM   #1
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I have just recently started a saltwater aquarium and have just placed the live rock in it. I'm waiting for the ammonia level to taper off then i'll test for the other stuff but i was wondering about the sand to use. I have some live sand but i was wondering if clean play sand was an adequate alternative. This may sound crazy to some but i was just wondering. I havent' done it because i don't want to delay my addition of fish more than i have to so any help with this would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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There are a lot of playsands that work great for this, as long as they are aragonite based and not silica based. From the posts I've seen South Down's tropical playsand seems to be good. I'm sure there are others, but NON of them are avalible in my area, so I had to pay the big bucks for the Aribsea

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as long as they are aragonite based and not silica based
Aragonite (calcium carbonate) is the best sand to use for a reef tank but there is nothing inherently wrong with silica sand. It is one if the most inert substances in the world. It WILL NOT dissolve in your tank water, at least for a few centuries anyway. I started my sand bed with silica sand and it still is about 20% silica (at the bottom).
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Agreed, I only meant to infer that silica wasn't 'great', haha.

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Silca will work, but I wanted the good stuff. Unfortunatly that meant me spending 50 bucks because argonite playsand was not available in my area. Oh well.... :|
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but the silica will work and my fishies won't die sooner? thats all i really needed to know. i guess i'll just make sure its clean now. thanks
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if your going to use playsand you MUST get "sterilized playsand". Don't just go off and grab a bag of sand. If it hasn't been cleaned and sterilized there could be any number of polutants in the sand that will harm your tank.
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ok..well i did grab a bag of play sand but it says its been sterilized and cleaned. I also had another question that you may be able to answer, at what point during the cycling process should i add the sand..because i have some live sand as well. Should i put it in together or add the live sand first or the playsand first..so many questions!
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the sand should have already been in the tank. The sand needs to cycle as well. The cycle is the process which creates the beneficial bacteria in your tank to naturally filter the waste from the water. Add in your play sand now, then your live sand on top of that. What are you using as a source of ammonia for your cycle?
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i'm using live rock, i guess since i had bought the play sand and wasn't completely sure if i should use it i didnt' want to dump it in there and kill my live rock. should i go ahead or wait for the cycling to keep going..i just started this sunday with the live rock
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