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post #11 of 12 Old 05-03-2011, 03:07 PM
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Thanks for checking. Few questions/comments:

-Both the King and Quikrete are available in play sand, however, the King is available here at Home Depot, whilst the Quikrete is available at Lowes (far from our house).

- Did you buy some new sand, if so, do you know exactly what is written on the package, so i be sure to buy the exact same thing? I will go to Lowes and see if it is the same, and if so buy it.
- How did you get to see the sand in the store, dont they have to over it?
- Is there different thickness, or just one finnesss?

- How did you wash the sand?
- Did you mix the sand with anything else, such as florite? If so, which one exactly? I really love the color on yours ;).
- Do i need two bags of 20 kgs (i think thats 44lbs) for a 75 gallon tank???

No I didn't buy it, they have stacks of it. But I did take down the manufacturer's number from the package, it is No. 1113 playsand. This is the Quickrete. The 1113 is printed in the upper right corner on the front of the bag.

It takes endless washing/rinsing. Two bags would do a 75g (substrate area 48 X 18 inches presumably) with 2-3 inch depth. I think the bags are 25 lb, I'm sure I saw "25" on the bottom, and given how heavy it is this must be pounds. My Flourite came in 7 kg/15 lb bags, 2 in a box, and they were about as heavy as 1 of sand.

I didn't mix anything with it. Sand being smaller will fall to the bottom if mixed with larger-particle materials. I do not like mixing substrates, and they "separate" and look odd. Copy nature, it will give you a much more natural appearance, assuming that is what you want.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #12 of 12 Old 05-03-2011, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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wow Byron, i really dont know how to thank you, that is exactly what i needed, you are the best. Thanks again, now i can call lowes and check the number before i show up ;).
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