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Play sand or pool sand?
Old 09-10-2013, 11:47 AM   #21
 
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Be careful not to get silica sand, this will cause a lot of diatoms (brown algae) in the future.
With the exception of sands like aragonite, all sand is silica sand. Silica IS sand.
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Old 09-10-2013, 11:57 AM   #22
 
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Idk, the pool filter sand bag I got says "safe product without free silica , inert and non-toxic" The other white sand I got was made of something else, but the bag is gone, and I forget the name, idk what to say, it was not silica based anyway.

Maybe it is synthetically manufactured, which I guess opens a whole new can of worms, but it worked fine for me, just my experience. I knew too much silica may be responsible for causing diatoms, so on my sand search I was researching the compositions.

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Old 09-10-2013, 12:14 PM   #23
 
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They sell "silica free" sand, which is still made of silica....because sand is silica. If its not silica then it's calcium based, like the aragonite I mentioned.
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Old 09-10-2013, 02:38 PM   #24
 
Thanks everyone for your input. I have three tanks at home with play sand in them. I'm thinking I may not have washed it enough cause every time I do water changes it clouds up for a few hours. But I definitely like the look of sand better then gravel and I think it's a little easier to clean. Here is my 10 gal planted


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Old 09-10-2013, 02:54 PM   #25
 
Ok so it's not letting upload the pic let me try again


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Old 09-10-2013, 03:16 PM   #26
 
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For black,

Northern Tool and Die Black Diamond Blasting Media, 20/40 grit

$8 for 50 pounds, local tractor supply.




Never even washed it, just dumped it straight in. Never clouds.

Make sure to get 20/40... 30/60 is finer grain, and has all the sand problems like clouding, compacting, impeding root growth...
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Old 09-10-2013, 03:28 PM   #27
 
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For black,

Northern Tool and Die Black Diamond Blasting Media, 20/40 grit

$8 for 50 pounds, local tractor supply.




Never even washed it, just dumped it straight in. Never clouds.

Make sure to get 20/40... 30/60 is finer grain, and has all the sand problems like clouding, compacting, impeding root growth...
I have used this once and only once. It was the same grit but I washed it first. It made a HUGE mess!!
It turned everything it touched black. It actually stained the tote that I was using to wash it out with black. Also remember its blasting grit.....so it might have pieces of metal shavings in it. Mine did. Actually got a piece stuck under my nail when i was washing it out.
I have also been told its not the safest for bottom dwellers, through I have read where ppl say it is. After my experience with it I would never have bottom dwellers on it. However it does look pretty when it is in the tank.
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:13 PM   #28
 
I think black would be cool but would worry bout the metal. Maybe go over it all with magnets?


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Old 09-10-2013, 10:16 PM   #29
 
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Or use tahitian moon sand for a black sand. I have never used it but know ppl who have and love it. Its just not cheap. : (
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Old 09-10-2013, 10:22 PM   #30
 
Ya I've heard it's expensive


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