Alternative to Playsand

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  1. Nsteyn

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    I know Aragonite is still the preferred option for Display sand, but I have previously used normal play-sand (purchased from Reggies) with great success, and I know of a lot of other reefers that does the same.

    The one think I never liked is the yellow tint one gets from most of these sands. As a result I started looking at alternatives and found that on a lot of the international forums they recommend using white bunker sand (like in golf bunkers).

    I have found this Index| Greens Sand in South Africa.
    What is your thoughts? Problems ? Grain size comes to mind.

    Anyone have experience or other thoughts on this subject I will greatly appreciate it.
     
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    as long as the grain is not sharped edged.
    Man made, grind down into a sand would give sand that have sharp edges.

    Natural sand would have eroded with a lot smoother surface.

    But the white looks great.
     
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    I might be wrong, but at the top it says it's made from silica. Isn't silicate something we don't want.(like phosphate.) could see a lot of algal growth in the substrate.
     
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    What about general beach sand? its smooth, but I guess not the best colour
     
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    It wont leach any silicates, or at least not enough to cause any algal blooms. PLaysand is also made from silica
     
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    glass is also made with silica...

    Playsand is inert, meaning it does not leach silica. Maybe in 100 to 150 years, if your tank is still running.
     
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    If you can find a clean beach.

    I'm using natural sea sand. But test it first, run a magnet through the sand and see how many fine metal parts cling to it. You would be amazed. I got metal parts in my tank and no issues. Running my previous setup also with sea sand.
     
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    Seah sand in JHB is a little hard to come by ;) just like the white color of the sand.
     
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    yebo.
    I brought mine up some time ago. Big 40L container in the boot of my car.
    Wet sea sand is .... heavy. Its was a big mission. Luckily it was cheap for me. Had my sons fill it up, cost me an icecream each :lol:
    OK, OK, I did help. My reward was something cool out the cooler box.
     
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    I'm from Namibia and we do not have the white sandy beaches as some areas in S.A., however, if I were to go this route someday of using natural sea sand, will it be safe to use?
    Should one only rinse it as per any other substrate?

    I used to run aragonite but I feel it messed up my water conditions with too many dirt and detritus getting trapped in it.
    I have since been running bare bottom with better results and it is easy to vacuum the bottom.
    I do prefer a substrate as opposed to bare bottom from a visual perspective.
     
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    what grain aragonite did you used previously?
     
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    I do not have the faintest idea. It is and was the only type available in Nam.
    All grains were a fairly uniform .5 to about 1mm in diameter.
     
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    If you get thr grittiet sand not the the normal beach sand it should be fine
     
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    I'm using natural sea sand. Brought it up wet and let it run for about 2 weeks before adding anything.

    Here it is in some saltwater with skimmer standing inside the display.

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