Substrate - check this out

Discussion in 'Biological/Natural Filtration and Deep Sand Beds' started by OCELLARIS, 31 Jul 2008.

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    viper357 Admin MASA Contributor

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    Pretty much the same stuff a lot of guys use here, playsand, silica sand, it's quite safe to use.
     
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    Ocellaris: I'm a big fan of using Aragonite (which is pricey). But if you're on a budget, go for playsand from Toys 'R Us. Thats what many guys use.
     
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    i have got 100kg waiting to go into my tank
     
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    hi guys

    i will be using argagonite in my DSB, ok which would be better the silica sand or the play sand?
     
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    which is more white, silica sand or play sand?
     
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    both are the same.but you do get different sizes. Play sand is mad up of silica but is very fine which is excellent for a dsb
     
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    hi ziyaadb

    i will stick to play sand then :)
     
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    hey ziyaadb
    u from lens
    are you from the south
     
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    I wouldn`t put silica sand in a tank unless i really wanted cyano outbreaks.

    As for play sand, the less i say the better, most who use it eventually start a thread which starts with `How do i get rid of troublesome algaes.....`
     
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    Except me ;)
     
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    Better touch wood on that one Warren:razz:
     
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    Thx Midasblenny was wondering y their was a test kit for silicates.

    Tropic Marin

    Tropic Marin SILICAT-TEST
    With shelf life test and Comparator.

    For the precise determination of the silicate concentration in fresh- and saltwater aquaria.

    Natural water (groundwater, rivers, lakes, oceans) will always contain silicate but the amount present will depend on the weathering of silicate rocks. The concentration of silicate when analysing stones, sediments, soils and water is usually described in mg/litre of silicon dioxide (SiO2).
    Silicates are basically non-toxic to the organisms in an aquarium. An increased concentration of silicate can, however, lead to the increased algal bloom of diatoms, which utilise silicon dioxide for building their cell walls. Particular attention should therefore be paid to the concentration of silicate when setting up a new aquarium.

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    I have been using the Seachem silicate kit for a well now, and have never got a reading, not sure if it's the test kit itself or just don't have it in my substrate ?
     
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    AFAIK silica is inert in the sand. So how will it become available for cyano to use?
     
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    Chuckle chuckle. Agree but a topic not worth debating
     
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    woow guyz...
    im now confused, ok tell me what is the best substrate
    to use without any such problems yet having a nice white colour to it?
     
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    Go BB and paint the glass white.;)
     
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    The white gold is just so expensive that you may find it cheaper to buy your own island.:) The debate IMO (dsb's)is whether the extra expense is justified. Google the Caribsea range of substrates
     
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    thanx guys im gonna google the caribsea substrate
    and see what i come up with
    tell me guys just a little of the topic is R18.00 per 25L R/O water at a good price?
     
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