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Old 08-29-2011, 10:18 PM   #1
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What type a sand should i get?

I want to get sand for my new tank and I'm just wondering what type I should get, I heard really fine sand isn't good because it stirs up a lot, but I love the way it looks, and it's gonna be a reef tank If that makes any difference
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:30 PM   #2
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If its a reef tank you should go with something with aragonite in it, It keeps pH up, if needed, as well as your water hardiness, because hard water is good for reefs aparently. You can get straight up aragonite to put in it, it looks really good and is very fine as you wanted.
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Will it make the water cloudy a lot though?
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:33 PM   #4
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If you don't rinse it very well at first, I have it in my brackish tank and it was cloudy for at least a week before it cleared up since I didn't rinse it well enough.
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Rinse it A LOT before u put it in ur tank.
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Old 08-29-2011, 10:46 PM   #6
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It really depends on how well rimsed and used the sand is. if its brand new, you have to ( HAVE TO) rinse the beejesus out of it, if you are gonna be going with bottom dwellers and sand crawlers, go with a finer grain, it doesnt scratch and tear up the fish as much
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Oh okay cool so looks like what I want is better anyway lol any specific brands that would be good that you guys know of?
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I bought most of my sugar sized aragonite sand from Petsmart. If you have their card you get 30lb for ~$16
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Argonite is nice because it can help with buffer levels and the such, but if pfs or play sand is ok looks wise...you can get 50lb bags for 4-6 bucka lol
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Aragonite sand is the way to go. I used CaribSea oolitic. It's very fine....almost sugar like.

Contrary to what some have posted, aragonite sand WILL NOT buffer your water. For it to buffer it must start to dissolve and for it to dissolve your pH must be ~7.3 or lower. It does, however, work fine as a buffer in freshwater since the pH in a freshwater sytsem is typically much lower than a saltwater system.
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