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Old 03-11-2013, 10:38 PM   #41
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Beautiful, looks super. All that washing of sand is defo worth it in the end. Amazing how some sand can change the whole look of a tank.....
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:05 AM   #42
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I didn't see anyone asking but did you make sure you bought silica free sand?
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:16 AM   #43
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I didn't see anyone asking but did you make sure you bought silica free sand?
OMG, no this is the first i heard of it but I don't think it's silica free
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:16 AM   #44
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Beautiful, looks super. All that washing of sand is defo worth it in the end. Amazing how some sand can change the whole look of a tank.....
Truly amazing bro, and yes it was really worth it......thumbs up
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Guess its kinda too late now but do some research. There's pros and cons to using silica sand. Most noteable cons I read about are diotomes, algae problems, and eventually the "dirt" sticks to it so it'll look dirty no matter what you do with it.
But some people like the "natural" look.
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:35 AM   #46
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Guess its kinda too late now but do some research. There's pros and cons to using silica sand. Most noteable cons I read about are diotomes, algae problems, and eventually the "dirt" sticks to it so it'll look dirty no matter what you do with it.
But some people like the "natural" look.
Wow thanks bro, well wen I read about if the pros out weigh the cons then i will keep it but if its the other way around i will change it tomorrow ,that's gudlooking on the heads up
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:42 AM   #47
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I've made the same mistake and listened to the girl working at pet smart and put a 40lb bag of argonite sand into my gold fish tank. D'oh!
But all is well my ph went from 7.5 to 7.6-7.8 and it looks real nice.

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[QUOTE=gravereaper0;2381013]I've made the same mistake and listened to the girl working at pet smart and put a 40lb bag of argonite sand into my gold fish tank. D'oh!
But all is well my ph went from 7.5 to 7.6-7.8 and it looks real nice.


I take the point but i believe if you keep good cleaning, filter and PWC routines, you won't have any issues. I have kept sand for years, mainly in goldfish tanks and have never had any problems. I always use cheap play sand. Your tank looks great by the way.....
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:04 AM   #49
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Like everything else some people hate it and some people love it. Just making sure home boy over here weighs out both sides of the argument. I'm sure you can give him tons of pros for silica sand, I just decided to go with pool filter sand after I researched what to go with for my 90 gallon which is gonna be the new home for my goldies.
And thx! I know its just a starter 20 gallon but it has taught me a TON on proper fish keeping.
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I've made the same mistake and listened to the girl working at pet smart and put a 40lb bag of argonite sand into my gold fish tank. D'oh!
But all is well my ph went from 7.5 to 7.6-7.8 and it looks real nice.

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