Using "dry" sand is fine. That is what I used. Like sumphead said, it will become live over time if there is LR
in the system.
Sounds good, so no need to buy "livesand" that comes in a plastic bag with water in it.
That isn't live at all. I think there is a vocabulary problem with what we (hobbyist) call LS
and what certain manufacturers call LS
When I think of LS
, I think of sand that is totaly full of infauna, worms, bugs, and bacteria. Basically it is critter heaven. This is the kind of sand that most all reef tanks have. Either they purchased it like this from the LFS
in their LS
or coral tanks and brought it home in buckets, or the LR
in their tank basically seeded the sand (what you call "dry") and turned it into LS
What certain manufactures call LS
, is sand that is bagged up and contains none of the critters I spoke about. They simply call it LS
because they claim it has the bacteria on it which take care of nitrification. The only problem with this is that it can't be alive since there is:
1. No water in the bag to keep the bacteria alive.
2. No food source for the bacteria live off of.
, its a joke and a waste of money. I can't believe they even try to market this stuff.