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I was told that equipment/items from saltwater tanks must be treated first or it'll leach chemicals and such, which can affect water chemistry in the long run.
 

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Usually the sand in saltwater tanks is crushed coral or aragonite. If that is what you have then it is going to raise the PH in a freshwater tank and will pose a problem unless you are keeping fish that like a high PH. If you are unsure put some of the sand in a cup of water, let it sit for a couple days and then test the PH.
 

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what sand test. I want to stock my 15 gal with sand. and someone had some sand from his saltwater aquarium that he's willing to sell me.
 

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verifying the sand wont alter the water chemistry. it'll likely be high carbonate content and raise the PH, so keep an eye on those parameters, otherwise you may be forced into having a brackish water tank set or perhaps a cichlid tank. if you dont want that you'll be fighting the PH, peat in the filter will help a bit
 

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why not just buy brand new silica sand from Lordco on Kingsway? Seems safer that way.
call 'em and see if they have some in stock, if not they can bring some in from their other stores.
 

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how far are you from metrotown?
I live at grange/royal oak.
if Lorco burnaby has some, I'll delivery a bag to you for free (assuming you're not too far) =) last time i got a bag it was like, 16 bucks.
I need a bag myself, so it would be okay.

I just wouldn't want anything to happen to your fishies, "just in case".
 

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how far are you from metrotown?
I live at grange/royal oak.
if Lorco burnaby has some, I'll delivery a bag to you for free (assuming you're not too far) =) last time i got a bag it was like, 16 bucks.
I need a bag myself, so it would be okay.

I just wouldn't want anything to happen to your fishies, "just in case".
Ahhh. What a great community we have here! :)
 

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dont want to bring a 40 lb item on the bus? lol if only you've seen what i've pulled off using our public transit. I transported wood a few times, a toilet bowl + dolly (skytrain), but the worst i had to do was a 90 lb portable Air conditioner from coquitlam center to lougheed mall (a 2 bus trip + 10 minute walk). Ended up with bruises on both my bicepts. Dont underestimate what can be done using public transportation.
 

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a toilet bowl + dolly (skytrain), but the worst i had to do was a 90 lb portable Air conditioner from coquitlam center to lougheed mall (a 2 bus trip + 10 minute walk). Ended up with bruises on both my bicepts. Dont underestimate what can be done using public transportation.
LOL! Sounds like something a previous employer had me do but I guess this wouldn't be the thread to bash them. :)

Edarion I've noticed your posts for awhile now and it sure reads like you're motivated to make this happen for your new setup.

There are a few places I know of, Island Pets being closer to you, that sell substrate by the pound. I think I paid $1.00 and some change per pound of some nice, safe and tested fine sand with very minimal silica chunks in it. It looked very natural too (like very clean bright beach sand I suppose). Don't know if anything has changed as they were making the transition from Big Als to IPU as we know it.

The helpful rep used a simple rule of thumb. I believe it was 1.2 pounds to every Gallon you have in your tank for 1 inch thickness. 1.5 I suppose if you want it thick! This doesn't apply to all substrate because of difference in density but I find that it's very true with sand.

IMOE, thicker means you'll have to watch your params carefully as harmful waste can get trapped. 20-23 lbs might be the max suggested depending on your tank's footprint. If you go to IPU, that's 2 light load trips or a 10 lb bag in each hand for the 1 trip win :D. That will cost you around $25 but a much safer bet.

Should all else fail, I have a bag that I was saving of Tan S-Grade 3M Colorquartz that might hit the 20lb mark (dry of course). If need be, feel free to PM me anytime. I drive though BBY sometimes.
 
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