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Old 11-26-2011, 07:29 PM   #1
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sand bed, where do u buy your sand from

I am looking at switching my substrate to aragonite white sand or something of similar buffering quality.

Where do you buy it from? I really would like to avoid paying an arm or leg in shipping costs?

And do you know of anything with similar buffering attributes?

Post Script: I want to avoid "live" sand as the sand is probably no longer live with no food for the bacteria.
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Old 11-26-2011, 10:42 PM   #2
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LFS, petco, petsmart etc. carey got pool filter sand for $6 for 50lbs.
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Old 11-26-2011, 11:06 PM   #3
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My pfs ran 8 bucks for 50 lbs but I'm not sure on its buffering ability.
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Old 11-27-2011, 10:33 AM   #4
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I got the dry aragonite from petsmart9had 25lb bags for $11 at the time)
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Old 11-27-2011, 01:37 PM   #5
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I did some research on the sand my local pet store sells and its dry aragonite so I am going to go with that. Any ideas for sand sifters
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Old 11-27-2011, 01:55 PM   #6
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Nassarius snails, if you have a monstrous tank with <78 degree water horseshoe crab (DONT GET IT!) sand sifting stars. I would recommend the snails though because the stars eat beneficial stuff in your sand. GL!!!!!
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Aragonite sand will not do any buffering in a saltwater system. For aragonite to dissolve and do any buffering, the pH has to be around 7.3 or lower. If your pH is that low in a saltwater system you have major problems.
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Lol. I was talking about fish. But snails are great.
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