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    What type of sand...

    I can't get any Southdown or Bomix here...am I just stuck with useing Carib Sea aragonite? Petsmart has some .5-1.0mm 15lbs for $25 tho, is this stuff small enough? It will just be for about an inch in the main tank and a DSB in the fuge...I'll bite the bullit if I have to, but obvioulsy I would prefer something cheaper..

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    I just use silica sand and it works fine. I washed it first before I put it in the tank. Very cheap at Home Depot.

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    If your Near London you can get Bomix for $7.50 a 50 lb bag
    Drop me a msg if interested

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    Cool

    you can go to any brick and mortar store and buy silicate sand or sand blasting sand. Does it look nice? so so. I used bomix but oppted to get the real thing as it looks better. You can use both,BOMIX on the bottom and CARIBSEA on top.

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    Which type of sand did you get from HD Andrew?

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    I've used silica sand in my FW tanks before I went to all BB...someone later told me that silica sand leaches phosphates into the water...I guess they were wrong since it seems to be commonly used in SW tanks...

    I keep hearing that Bomix doesn't look good after a while...what happens to it??
    James...

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    BOMIX is okay but it sirta greys up a bit and well, just doesn't look natural. OLDCASTLE[SOUTHDOWN] looks great and mixed up with a few bags of reefsand looks awsome.

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    Too bad it's winter...I live 5 mins from Detroit but they only carry it in the spring and summer.

    I can get the silica sand and some Carib Sea...should look pretty good.
    James...

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    Scooby

    I can't remember the name of it, but the sand is 100% silica mason's sand from Home Depot. When you look at the bag you might think it is grey rather than white. I am happy with it but I think I will add some more to the top layer for looks because every grain looks identical and is the same size.

    You can see it's nice and white.
    Here's what the tank looked like before the hair algae plague.

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    Could the algae plague be due to the sand type?
    Either way, it looks great.
    Was this tank from AC and if so when you got it drilled was it on the bottom or back?

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