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Old 08-24-2003, 11:44 PM   #1
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Vinegar fizz test on Aragonite Sand

I know the kind of strong reaction you get with vinegar and baking soda (sodium bicarbonate), but do you get a similar strength reaction with bought sand that is aragonite, or just a light fizz? I just bought three different types of play sand trying to find an aragonite sand. None had any kind of strong fizz. I think I heard a faint fizz with one of them, but I suspect it is silicate too.

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-Wal-Mart Garden Basics Play Sand
-Gulf Coast White Beach Play Sand
-Best Play Sand from Toys-R-Us
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It should be very noticable as the acid dissolves the sand.
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How does this test work??? Its to find a good argonate sand?
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If your unsure of whether your sand is aragonite (or calcium based), you can take a small amount of sand and add some vinegart to it, it will bubble and fizz if it is a calcium based sand, it should have little or no effect on silica sand.
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