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Offline SaltwaterBob

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Where's a good place to get sand?
« on: February 28, 2011, 10:18:21 PM »
I'm in the process of getting my tank set up and still need about 100 lb. of sand.
Where's the best place to get it?

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Re: Where's a good place to get sand?
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2011, 07:04:03 AM »
You want to make sure you get pure aragonite.     You also want to make sure you get it from a good source.    This was  my recent mistake redoing a reef tank.   If sand is not pure aragonite the thing that gets you into trouble is sharp edges, the mining process sometimes brings in contaminates like copper, metals, etc.   These things can shorten the life of your animals.   For example a sand sifting gobie.   The gobie cuts himself injuring himself enough where he will not eat and possibly death.   The finer particulates also can block the pores of your live rock.   I highly recommend staying away from silica sand.    That is just my oppinion.
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Re: Where's a good place to get sand?
« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2011, 10:59:13 AM »
That's what I was thinking.
Is there a good source for dry sand?

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Re: Where's a good place to get sand?
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2011, 11:20:58 AM »
Aqua Tropics carried pure aragonite.   They may have it in stock.   

I wrote a letter to Petco about mislabeled sand.    I never head anything back as of yet.   

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Re: Where's a good place to get sand?
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2011, 11:49:10 AM »
I know we talked about them at the last meeting. Are they offering a club discount?

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Re: Where's a good place to get sand?
« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2011, 11:06:49 AM »
You can Ask Mike.   He may give you a deal.
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Re: Where's a good place to get sand?
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2011, 01:10:14 AM »
I am ordering 200lbs of live sand soon and they cut me a good deal on it, at 20$ per bag which shoudl be 1$ a llg and  they said they could probably work something out for you , when I asked them today.  Otherwise you could order at the same time as I do, and hofully they could give us the same deal on 300 lbs ":)

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Re: Where's a good place to get sand?
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2011, 07:14:08 AM »
I bought live Sand from a Vendor in Spokane.   I can call him if you like and see how much he charges for a pound.   It's hard to beat that price if it is live with little pods and shrimp in it.   :)
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Re: Where's a good place to get sand?
« Reply #8 on: March 04, 2011, 06:35:00 PM »
I understand you really dont need to buy such a large quantity of live sand. It doesnt take long for the inert sand to quickly become live sand, and "dead" sand is much cheaper to buy. I definately agree with Ed about the aragonite sand. Dont compromise on that. Anyone else chime in on this, I am certainly not an expert but only am offering what I have learned from the other members of the club.
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Re: Where's a good place to get sand?
« Reply #9 on: March 04, 2011, 10:41:10 PM »
http://aragonitesource.com/

Don't know if they'll actually sell a small quantity for a reasonable price, and shipping would be expensive.