Aquarium & Tropical Fish Site

This repository is for research only. New discussions take place in our current Tropical Fish Forum.

Archivarium 2004
Repository of our 2003/2004 Topics
 
  HelpHelp   Search BoardSearch Board   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups 
 ProfileProfile   Check your private messagesCheck your private messages   Log inLog in   RegisterRegister 
Importance of Aragonite
Goto page 1, 2  Next
 Forum Index > Saltwater Basics  Search Board
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
DeeDee
New Members


Joined: 27 Mar 2005
Location: Hamilton, ON, Canada

PostPosted: 2005.03.29(Tue)14:12    Post subject: Importance of Aragonite Reply with quote

I was just wondering the importance of aragonite. I went to my fish store today to start getting supplies for my tank. They have aragonite "live" sand (not sure how it can be live if it is dry in a bag??) and marine sand. The marine sand was fine sand like on a beach is that OK or is it better to go with the aragonite? Just asking cause I like the look of the sand better...

Thanks...
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
tdfd
Members


Joined: 15 May 2004
Location: Seattle, Wa

PostPosted: 2005.03.29(Tue)17:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are using live rock, the live rock will turn your sand into live sand. Araganite sand helps buffer your pH to keep it stable. You can buy aragonite sand in differant sizes. some very fine to some coarser sands. The sand in my reef tank is just large enough that I can vacuum it. If it is too fine you cannot perform any maintenance on it without messing up your tank. You should check out the articles section of this site for the salt water articles. I would also recommend the book the conscientious marine aquarist. It has a lot of info for beginners.
_________________
Fish are food not friends!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
SLACkra
Regulars


Joined: 06 Feb 2003
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

PostPosted: 2005.03.29(Tue)18:43    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have never used argonite. to buffer my pH I just keep my alkinity up or DKH. I have a DKH of around 6 and a pH of around 8.3 and my tank has white quartz sand.

andrew
_________________
32g planted community
7.5g Nano Reef
1 four legged wonder napper
2 winged demons
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message MSN Messenger
FloridaBoy
Advisors


Joined: 04 Jul 2004

PostPosted: 2005.03.29(Tue)20:21    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hear you can use the southdown sand at Home Depot, but I have not tried it.
Andrew, what additive are you using for alkalinity/DKH?
_________________
Keepin' marines happy for 25 years
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
SLACkra
Regulars


Joined: 06 Feb 2003
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

PostPosted: 2005.03.29(Tue)20:25    Post subject: Reply with quote

baking soda increases your dkh. I also have some kent marine super buffer.

andrew
_________________
32g planted community
7.5g Nano Reef
1 four legged wonder napper
2 winged demons
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message MSN Messenger
T5Chris
Regulars


Joined: 23 Jan 2004

PostPosted: 2005.03.30(Wed)1:56    Post subject: Reply with quote

Live sand will just decrease the time it takes to cycle the tank. Plus, you don't have to wash it. So it's not all that bad given the cost. But if you need a lot of it, then it's better to do the traditional cycling method. Sometimes customers or handling will puncture the live sand bags. If they don't have water inside, don't buy them.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
MarkLehr
Moderators


Joined: 09 Dec 2004
Location: Taylorsville, KY

PostPosted: 2005.04.01(Fri)15:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

When it comes to substrate, it really can be a matter of preference. They all have advantages and disadvantages. Even if you choose aragonite for the additional buffering benefits, you will still have to monitor your alkalinity and pH and buffer accordingly. Plus, over time aragonite can loose its buffering ability, especially in aquariums with elevated phosphate levels. If you like the sand, go for it! Just be sure to use a good buffer and test regularly.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
DeeDee
New Members


Joined: 27 Mar 2005
Location: Hamilton, ON, Canada

PostPosted: 2005.04.02(Sat)11:49    Post subject: Reply with quote

I really like the sand so I think I may go for that. I am going to the LFS store tomorrow to start really organizing everything.

What test do I need for alkalinity? I have ammonia, nitrite, KH, and pH. What buffer do you suggest?

Thanks
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Filtration Master
Regulars


Joined: 30 Jan 2005
Location: New York

PostPosted: 2005.04.02(Sat)14:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have Aragonite Arag-Alive Sand.
I have 40lbs of The Bahamas Oolite
and 30lbs of Bermuda Pink.
The Bermuda pink was not arag-alive but my alive sand will kick start the Bermuda pink.
Anyways you should defenitly get it. Otherwise you will face severe pH problems. Oh and don't forget to stir up your sandbed once in a while or too much anarobes will create toxic wastes such as Hydron Sulfide and Methane.
_________________
85 Gallon Marine Tank
--See Profile For Details--
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
MarkLehr
Moderators


Joined: 09 Dec 2004
Location: Taylorsville, KY

PostPosted: 2005.04.02(Sat)19:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your KH test kit will suffice for alkilinity. You can use the results to judge the length of time needed between water changes and/or buffering.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
Display posts from previous:   
 Forum Index > Saltwater Basics All times are GMT - 6 Hours Search Board
Goto page 1, 2  Next
Jump to:  
  You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2008 phpBB Group

oF <=> oC in <=> cm G <=> L