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Old 01-21-2010, 03:59 PM   #1
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Where to get cheap sand?

Any way to get some relatively inexpensive sand for a FOWLER tank? Everywhere around me is about $1 per lb. That sound right?
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Old 01-21-2010, 04:46 PM   #2
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Old 01-21-2010, 05:06 PM   #3
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Price is about right or a little low unless you want to move into silica based sand.
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Old 01-21-2010, 07:22 PM   #4
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What are the disadvantages or advantages of using silica sand?
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Disadvantages: doesn't buffer like aragonite (that I know of) and creates heavy diatom/algae blooms
Advantages: someone else will have to answer lol
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No real disadvanges of silica based sand. As for aragonite buffering, you're pH would have to get too low (around 7) for buffering to kick in.
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Can you use silica sand in fresh water systems as well?
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Yes there are a few silica sands for fw but the only one I recommend is pool filter sand or pfs (unless you want some black aquarium specialty sand which is ok in fw too) which is pretty cheap usually found at walmart, lowes, meijer, home depot or pool supply shops. Rarely over $13 for 50lbs. A lot of people use play sand in aquariums but it can cause problems because it's so finely grained.
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http://www.advancedaquarist.com/issu...03/feature.htm
Q&A - Silica Sand - Diatoms by Rob Toonen
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Excellant article.
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