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PostSubject: right just a quickie   Fri May 01, 2009 6:04 am

i am about to start up a new tank and have a choice of substrate

1 is just standard stone

but the other i am unsure if i can use it is exo-terra desert sand
http://www.exo-terra.com/en/products/desert_sand.php

now it has no chemicals in it and has been sat arround due to the lizzard popping its clogs (if you remeber him) so i can use if it is a good idea otherwise it will just sit in the garage again

any ideas ?
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PostSubject: Re: right just a quickie   Fri May 01, 2009 6:25 am

Not sure tbh kbekl. You have to be careful with sand dont you because it can play havoc with your water stats.

I su[pose as you are having to cycle your tank you could fill it with water and see whether your ph etc all stay ok. I know when I used coral sand by mistake it made a difference to my reading s quite quickly.

Only thing then is that you have to empty the stuff out of your tank which is a bit of a pita!!!

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PostSubject: Re: right just a quickie   Fri May 01, 2009 6:34 am

NOT A GOOD PLAN

Mainly because lizard substrates tend to contain goodies (mineral supliments) for the specific needs of lizards - they are prone to mineral and vitamine deficiny when kept as pets (which is why the powders n potions for lizards are so expensive) so the specialist substrates help reduce this

They usually have quite a high calcium content so unless you want a tank witht his - dont bother.

The calcium wont provide a steady buffer either as its designed to be easily absorbed in a critters belly - end result - youll have a pH that bounces all over the shop and ultiametly unhappy fish

For the cost of a few quid for proper fishy substrate - I wouldnt take the gamble.

BTW I saw some amazing substrates in maidenehead aquatics - really natural sand in all sorts of (natural) tones - its put some ideas in my head (but I think it will mean alot of work if i do change substrates)

anyway - buy fresh substrate and dopnt be such a cheap skate Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: right just a quickie   Fri May 01, 2009 6:43 am

no it is new and in an air sealed bag just cost 10 that was all will have a lok see whats in it as it says it is just natural sand

i hate spending money tho Twisted Evil Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: right just a quickie   Fri May 01, 2009 6:49 am

I'd stick the reptile sand on ebay and get a bag of playsand from Argos, about the third the cost and perfectly safe for aquariums. Although personally I prefer gravel because I love gravel cleaning...Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: right just a quickie   Fri May 01, 2009 7:54 pm

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I'd stick the reptile sand on ebay and get a bag of playsand from Argos, about the third the cost and perfectly safe for aquariums. Although personally I prefer gravel because I love gravel cleaning...Very Happy

yup i have playsand in all my tanks give it a wash before you use it tho its only 3 pound for a 15 kilo bag and looks nice in !
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PostSubject: Re: right just a quickie   Fri May 01, 2009 10:29 pm

retile sand may well not have 'added' stuff - but thats not to say it fddiesnt contain anything natural ie calcium etc - as suggested - playsand is the way to go

better safe than sorry - a few quid spent now will save alot of potential heartache and more cost later Wink

ultimately your choice
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