DIY Bright Sand?

Discussion in 'Substrates' started by jay, 26 Aug 2008.

  1. jay

    jay Member

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    Well as I'm sure we can all agree, its fairly pricey... as far as sand goes.
    What I'm wondering is can there be a way of replicating the look of it using a mixture of different sands?
    Play sand with a certain amount of black sand, with maybe some larger grain of substrate.

    Any ideas?

    Or should I just stump up the dough?
     
  2. Steve Smith

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    I've not seen it in the flesh, but Unipac Zambezi resembles it partially. One of my LFS sells very fine sand which has a nicer colour than your average play sand. Bit more natural looking. I've tried mixing the two in my new 80cm and seems to look reasonably nice :)
     
  3. jay

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    Zambezi? Have to look into that.
    I just remember using a black sand from 'Fish'r'Fun' or something it was called. Just a cheap packet but it looked great, though I could use something like that with a large amount of aqua sand. Its less orange than silicone or play sand.
     
  4. Garuf

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    I don't know if you can get it where you are or not but you can get a pure white sand from hagen this could easily be mixed with the more yellowy unipac sand that I use to produce something more like brightsand.
     
  5. Steve Smith

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    Check this image. The Zambezi is the more gravel looking stuff, though it is quite fine:

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  6. jay

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    Ahh that Zambezi looks great, just a little bit of white sand. Not sure if its by Hagen but I know of the one from AE. Seems very fine. Have to go on the hunt for that Zambezi I think :D
     
  7. jay

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    Well my local MA store does sell Unipac Zambezi. Near £20 for a bag of what I mostly won't need... add that to a bag of white sand to mix, then for the price, I might as well get a bag of ADA Bright sand... so I did.

    Just got it this morning and its very very nice.

    Would've been nice to see how my idea would've compared though. Think it could work nicely for a large covering. Anything small then you may as well splash out IMO :D
     
  8. Fred Dulley

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    Have swam in the Zambezi River. ;)
    Wish there was some where near me that stocked Unipac products.
     
  9. jay

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    I have actually seen it sold in most of the Maidenhead Aquatics shops i've been to... should just call up your nearest and see if they'll order it.
     

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