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Old 04-16-2010, 08:48 PM   #1
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i wanna use play sand in my tank


ive read that play sand is just fine for a reef tank. does anyone have experience using it?
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Old 04-16-2010, 09:20 PM   #2
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It's OK, not great. A calciferous sand is much more suitable for a reef tank than a quartz sand, but you can try it out.

Wash it until it's not dusty anymore, then wash it five more times
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thanks ill do that. i know there are some myths about using it but i was reading that phosphate molecules bind to calcium bicarbonate sand. with play sand im concearned about grain size being appropriate for sand critters: mini stars, worms, and the likes. ive planed on a dsb in my refugium as well with a ssb in my dt. i have really done my homework on setting up a rt and am ready to start. just a little undecided on substrate mat.
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some play sand is cal bicarb. Depends on the brand. I think one of them is southland or something like that. If it bubbles when you put vinegar on it, there is at least some cal carb in it.
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Old 04-16-2010, 09:51 PM   #5
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Southdown sand is completely unobtainable. Unless you purchased it years ago when it was commonly available, it is no longer on the market.

As far as I know, there are no suitable playsands. They are all quartz based.
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whats wrong with quartz ?
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Old 04-16-2010, 10:17 PM   #7
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The quartz sand debate will never die. Quartz sand is OK in a pinch, but other than cost, why not use a calcium based sand that will help buffer your tank, add dissolved calcium to the water, and provide more surface area for bacterial colonization?
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i was concered about phosphate binding to the bicarb sand
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Silicates. This can lead to diatom blooms.

If you haven't seen it in a tank before, it just doesn't look the same as aragonite sand. Maybe it's a personal preference, but I don't like the look of it.
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Southdown sand is completely unobtainable. Unless you purchased it years ago when it was commonly available, it is no longer on the market.

As far as I know, there are no suitable playsands. They are all quartz based.
wow, I didnt know that. Thanks.
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http://www.thegreathardwarestore.com...uctCode=823344

Found this. Maybe its from times long ago?
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http://www.thegreathardwarestore.com...uctCode=823344

Found this. Maybe its from times long ago?
No, it's the silica based sand.

They stopped collecting the caribbean beach sand that used to be packaged as Southdown. Many say that it was because they could make more selling it for aquariums but I believe it was probably due to enviormental/beach erosion concerns.
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No, it's the silica based sand.

They stopped collecting the caribbean beach sand that used to be packaged as Southdown. Many say that it was because they could make more selling it for aquariums but I believe it was probably due to enviormental/beach erosion concerns.
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Silicates. This can lead to diatom blooms.
Silica sand is not the same thing as silicates. Silica sand is the same material as the glass of your tank.
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thats true. ive also read that the reason all the diatoms cling more to the glass is that its easier to get the silicates from the glass than the sand. not that i believe everything i read.
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