Originally Posted by scuba_steve
as for dead sand turning live! yes it will but only if ya have the creatures in the true live sand !! not the live bag that they claim is live !!
I disagree. What makes the bag sand "Live" sand is that it contains the bacteria that you need in the sand for nitrification. That is why the bagged sand is marketed with the number in billions of bacteria in the bag.........i.e. "Over 2 billion bacteria" or whatever.
I am using silica sand and LS
. NO problems. The only thing that really matters for sand, except for toxicity of substances (silicone dioxide is safe
) is the particle size. To achieve optimal bacteria growth for nitrification, you want to stick with about an average of .113 mm sand particle. That is the proper size for the good bacteria that you want.
I think the only issue with silica vs. argonite is that argonite helps to buffer for calcium and alkalinity and stuff, whereas silica doesn't. HTH