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Old 04-27-2011, 02:15 AM   #11
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i went with a live Caribbean white sand and it looks like its gonna be worse then any black sand ive ever used im gonna prob run a hot magnum just to polish my water with the Micron cartridge before i even think of starting a cycle...this one might take me a good time into summer
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:21 AM   #12
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I'm pretty sure thats the same sand I used. If it is, theres a lot of crap in it like small pieces of wood, shells and chunks of rocks also. It took my tank about two weeks to polish the sand, 2 HOB filters rated at 200gph each running non stop.

Im planning on using black sand for the pent, any suggestions on brand?
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:29 AM   #13
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My cousin was stationed in hawaii so I had him ship me lfs sand that they got from the ocean but I did a build with an all natural black made by caribsea tahitian moon was the color 20 pounds 20.79 I know cuz it was the dustiest 21 dollars I ever spent...
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Old 04-27-2011, 02:34 AM   #14
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http://www.caribsea.com/pages/products/super_nat.html

Sorry for double can't edit on my droid all to well. This stuff is great it tends to be a bit magnetic so watch how close powerhead are to the bottom

It was dusty but if you use micron filters it blasts through it. Putting it in 5gal buckets and letting it overflow for a good 10 mins would be better then the quick rinse I did
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Thanks a lot, that is exactly the right kind of sand my uncle wants, just straight black haha. Do you have any pictures of your tank with black sand?
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No problem finding good black sand can kinda be a pain but that stuff is black. Catches light good to. Ill have to see of I have any old pics on my laptop of my 55 or my first 20. I got out of black after I moved got into the lighter colors so ill check
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Remember if the sand is magnetic it will get in your magna-float and scratch your glass. Trust me, I found out the hard way.
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Old 04-28-2011, 10:45 PM   #18
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loved the look on the UPS drivers face when i went to the door for my base rock and casually thanked him for bringing me a box of rocks
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haha, how much did you order?
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i got 3** 50 pound boxes from reefcleaners because im about to rebuild a neighbors and my mothers tanks so i didn't want to have to wait for rock twice lol. idk what was the cause of the look on his face either how easily i popped the boxes onto my shoulders or when i told him they were just rocks lol
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