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Old 01-03-2010, 05:19 PM   #1
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Question Best Live Sand?

Hello again!
Im debating what live sand I should use: I would like 80 pounds in my 55g

either caribsea original 2 x 40lbs:
Marine Substrates: Ocean Direct Caribbean Live Sand at Drs. Foster & Smith

or 3 x 20lbs Nature's Ocean Bio-Active Reef Sand:
Aquarium Substrates: Nature's Ocean Bio-Active Reef Sand and Reef Substrate
P.S. I have fish and some pretty hardy corals (bubble coral, green mushroom, green star polyps, and green + brown polyps) and would want to take current bed out and put the sand right in with out removing anything from the tank.
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Old 01-03-2010, 05:29 PM   #2
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If you leave a cupful of the old sand you would be in no need for any "live sand". the cupful would seed the new sand. I am afraid that sand removal is a messy job. You could syphon out the old sand but the new sand would make your tank cloudy. You can make a funnel out of newpaper and slowly pour the well rinsed new sand into the bottom of your tank. I would only do a third of your tank at a time. How much LR do you have in there as sand removal will more then likely cause a landslide or sorts.
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well I dont have any live sand in there now, only dolomite (looks like white gravel). I want to upgrade to live sand because I want more bio filtration and also because my blue spot jawfish will love it and it will look much better. I dont plan to take all of the dolomite out just around the rocks so some dolomite will remain under rocks. I have about 25 lbs of LR and another 35-45 of reef bone (I plan to add more LR, I buy a peice here and there when I go to my lfs).
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so with wich sand do you think I should go with?
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I would get neither. Just get some dry arragonite sand. It will become live over time.
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Old 01-04-2010, 12:04 AM   #6
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That's what I would do also. +1
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Old 01-04-2010, 01:07 AM   #7
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Ok, dry arragonite it is! Came down to two of these: Which do you think my blue spot jawfish would like better?
CaribSea Aragamax Oolitic Select Sand 30 lb
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Aragamax Aquarium Sand
Thank you so much for all your help guys, you are awesome!
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I also agree to just get the dry sand. I doubt the "live" sand in a bag is very lively and is just a waste of extra money in my opinion. Out of your two choices above, both would be good. I went with your first choice for my tank and I like it.
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I agree with the others. I used the dry oolitic sand in my tank.
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Just remember when adding dry sand to any tank try and pre wet it in RO/DI or salt water this will help it sink down just adding dry sand to a tank will cause cloudiness and also cause impellers to grind and seize up
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