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    Is Bomix Swimming pool filter sand good enough as substrate?

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    is it ok to be used as a substrate?

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    its this one
    http://bomix.ca/produits.php?id=21&c...e&lang=en&p=58

    and that<s what I have and it<s ok but if I had to do it again I would buy aragonite right away, but this is cheaper

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    I don't like the Brown color....is that the only choice?

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    I'd go for the aragonite. The sand is cheaper but it goes at the bottom of your tank under everything else so if you decide you would rather have the aragonite later you're stuck having to pull the whole tank apart to replace it.

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    Rona sells the Bomix White PlaySand, I don<t know about the pool filter sand but I know 100% that the white playsand is safe

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    The white play sand doesn't stay white for long, it turns a greyish colour pretty quick. If you can live with that it's an inexpensive alternative, but I prefer aragonite.

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    I prefer arogonite as well but my white sand is still pretty white after almost 1 year...

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    I'm glad it worked for you, I'm not sure why it turns grey in some tanks & doesn't in others. I'm not even sure which would be the majority.

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    I've always been told that play sand can contain silicates and other bad things that don't belong in your tank! Maybe I'm wrong?

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    ur not wrong, but the bomix white playsand doesnt contain silicates. the brown ones, which i believe is the same ones the poolfilter sand is, is basically quartz based sand, contains lots of silicates

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