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Bought this sand today to use in the display and DSB. Anyone used this brand before. Should it be ok?

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Yip, I'm using it for a substrate and also for DSB, grain size is awesome.

It needs a lot of washing though, it will turn white when it's clean.
 
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A lot of guys got their sand from Toys 'R Us and it seems fine. Not sure if it was the exact same brand tho.
 

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Nah, hosepipe is good, I have some pics somewhere of how I washed mine, will have a look for them.

What I did was put about a quarter of the bag in a clean bucket (best to use a new one to make sure there are no household cleaners in it), then thoroughly rinsed it until all the muck had disappeared and I was left with clear water and pure white sand. Let me look for those photo's to show you what I mean.
 

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Here you go...

Reggies playsand
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Initial rinse, lots of foam and brown dirty water
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A couple of rinses later and the water is clear, you can see the nice white sand
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Water removed from bucket
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Nice white sand
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It will take a good couple of rinses to clean the sand, I used the hosepipe to stir up the sand and swish it all around, do that 4 or 5 times.
 
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Any idea what type of sand it is ??

Can one of you guys put a small amount into a container and add some vinegar, or better still, some battery acid. leave it for a few hours (overnight...) and check if it makes small bubbles and/or dissolves. If it does, it's calcium based, and this will be a "great find" for us here in South Africa. If not, it would still be perfectly OK as long as it is smooth (rounded) and the grading is correct.

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Any idea what type of sand it is ??

Can one of you guys put a small amount into a container and add some vinegar, or better still, some battery acid. leave it for a few hours (overnight...) and check if it makes small bubbles and/or dissolves. If it does, it's calcium based, and this will be a "great find" for us here in South Africa. If not, it would still be perfectly OK as long as it is smooth (rounded) and the grading is correct.

Thanks,
Hennie
I have some battery acid at my workshop, will pop in and get some this weekend and do a test Hennie. What sort of quantity should I use? Half a cup of sand and then fill up with acid?
 
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hey, this will be a bit off topic, but is it true that playsand leaks silica in the water andthen start a red algae bloom? (is it true or only a myth)
 

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I haven't experienced any algae blooms of any kind. I have 60kg's of it as my substrate.
 

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My memory of time is terrible, probably 2 months I think.
 

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