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Just looking for some Tanks that have Natural Sand (play sand/ silica) in them. Thinking of changing to it on a couple of tanks from All CaribSea Aragonite Reef Grade sand to Mostly Natural Sand with a 1/8 composition of CaribSea Aragonite underneith.

So Go Ahead and Show your Setup(s) and Tell why you chose it if you like.. I can't wait to see this stuff as there are some amazing Show Tanks on this site! Thanks
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I used to have a Calvus tank with play sand. It was stunning and the fish loved it. The colors were awesome. I was at another members house recently and he has Play Sand in his tanks and it looks awesome. I'm moving soon and Ill be converting from PFS to Play Sand. It's half the cost of PFS to replace, doesn't discolor, easy to clean and looks nice and brings the fish's color out for sure.
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I used to have a Calvus tank with play sand. It was stunning and the fish loved it. The colors were awesome. I was at another members house recently and he has Play Sand in his tanks and it looks awesome. I'm moving soon and Ill be converting from PFS to Play Sand. It's half the cost of PFS to replace, doesn't discolor, easy to clean and looks nice and brings the fish's color out for sure.

NICE! Sounds Sweet!

So what are thoughts on the best method of cleaning the sand? I've heard people just mxing the sand up and letting the waste settle on top of the sand then using the Hover technique to clean it....
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If you already have invested in argonite, I would leave it. Buffering is a plus. Caribea Sea Argonite is the best, although I didnt like the argonite sugar sand. My trophs always had a dust bowl going. I have the sugar sand in my SW Reef.

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If you already have invested in argonite, I would leave it. Buffering is a plus. Caribea Sea Argonite is the best, although I didnt like the argonite sugar sand. My trophs always had a dust bowl going. I have the sugar sand in my SW Reef.

Nice Setup!

I know, it's not like I couldn't seel it off or hold onto it for some other reason.

Just want to have a nice Natural looking tank for once. I would still use about an 1/8 of the aragonite mixed in with the sand to aid in Buffering... Just would have that look of sand.

and it's not like I wouldn't be able to put the aragonite in my filters to do this too...

Still thinking it over. And for the price of $3-$5 / 50lbs bag.. Why the heck Not try it out! it's not that big of a task IMO...

Anyone have some Photos or Video of Natural Colored Sand?
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My apology mastiffman. didn't realized you were asking for "natural sand " which i don't have.
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I just filled my 240 up today, and let it sit for six hours with no leaks! I picked up 2.5 100lb bags of Lane Mtn silica sand from Home depot, 7.55 a bag. Been researching it for awhile now not much out there on it thats current. It's .30 grit cleans up easy had it done in an hour, I used 160 lbs or so in the tank will save the other bag for later. One 100lb bag was torn and I got it for free, guessing maybe 60lbs in there. Anyway I will post a bunch of pics for you in the AM.. Pretty happy with it so far, very consistant and not too bright white..
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I just filled my 240 up today, and let it sit for six hours with no leaks! I picked up 2.5 100lb bags of Lane Mtn silica sand from Home depot, 7.55 a bag. Been researching it for awhile now not much out there on it thats current. It's .30 grit cleans up easy had it done in an hour, I used 160 lbs or so in the tank will save the other bag for later. One 100lb bag was torn and I got it for free, guessing maybe 60lbs in there. Anyway I will post a bunch of pics for you in the AM.. Pretty happy with it so far, very consistant and not too bright white..
Nice. Looking forward to Photos. So it's more a natural color? Cool.
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Prolly not what you are looking for as I read you original post wrong as well from a "natural" sand look, my bad! Anyway here are the pics, tank was still cloudy this morning but there is no filtration in it what so ever yet..









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I am overall pretty happy with how it looks in the tank, will see long term how and if it clouds up or causes a dust storm or not??
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i bet that sand was cheap too, and it looks good
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