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Old 03-24-2005, 09:15 PM   #1
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silica sand??

I was wondering... is silica based sand okay for saltwater aquariums? I know it doesn't have a buffering ability like argonite, but doesn't the salt you put in the water already have the right pH? So technically silica sand should be okay?
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Old 03-24-2005, 09:55 PM   #2
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I dont know I just got some Aragonmax from DRSfostersmith so far it looks ok.

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Silica is a highly debated topic. Will it or will it not add silicates to your system?

One thing that it will NOT do, though, is act as a pH buffer. FOr that reason alone I decided to go with aragonite.
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Hitchhikers: the usual suspects :crabs, bristles, urchin, mantis shrimp (now in exile in mantis tank)

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can you find argonite sand at home depot or menards??? I really don't want to buy 125lbs of argonite sand at pet store prices!
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can you find argonite sand at home depot or menards??? I really don't want to buy 125lbs of argonite sand at pet store prices!
Check out the thread in this forum titled "It's Playsand Season."
http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=22188

22 pages of answers to your question
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