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Old 02-25-2004, 08:04 AM   #1
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DSB Substrate Choices

Can someone help me with my understanding of what one should use as a substrate for DSB? My wife really wants me to try and find a white sand. I have read some of the posts that state that a type of sand from Home Depot is a great choice. Unfortunately, our local Home Depot only has Sakrete Play Sand, not the Southdown. My wife, by the way, really wants me to use a white sand if it is available. I have the option of using sand from the Gulf of Mexico since I am only a few miles away, but my wife wants a whiter sand. Sand from the Gulf has the obvious advantage of coming with critters that could be very beneficial. However, my wife wants a whiter sand. I have seen a white substrate at our lfs, but it might be crushed coral and it is rather expensive as I have a 90 gallon aquarium.

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Old 02-25-2004, 09:54 AM   #2
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Any aragonite sand with a grain size that's about the same as sugar will do fine. I think, even if you find a sand that is very white, it's not going to stay that way. As the critters populate the sand and the DSB becomes active, it will darken a little. If Southdown isn't an option for you, check into some of the Carib Sea sands. Also, go to www.purearagonite.com and see what they have to offer. Just make sure you go with a sugar sized sand and make the sandbed at least 4".
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Old 02-25-2004, 10:18 AM   #3
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so let me get this straight you can use non live sand to build the bed it will just have to become populated ? If so I would assume getting say most regular sand and then some live sand to start it would be alot cheaper
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Old 02-25-2004, 11:05 AM   #4
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Yes, you can use "dead" sand for most of the sand bed. Aragonite sand is preferable. Top it off with some live sand. Get a cup of sand from as many established reef tanks as you can...that will increase the biodiversity in your sandbed.
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Old 02-25-2004, 11:19 AM   #5
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Much cheaper! There is an article on our site that has the basic process on how to cure it. Its very simple.

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Old 02-26-2004, 10:23 AM   #6
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linky no good, I would care to read it , by the way nice site
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Old 02-26-2004, 11:34 AM   #7
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linky no good, I would care to read it , by the way nice site
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Thanks steve...what was wrong w/ the link?
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It had an extra phpbb tag in it. No worries, I just removed the extra code...

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Old 02-26-2004, 05:08 PM   #10
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ya I ran a site for a bit it is the details that get ya. AS for the DSB , I have what about a new set up that is in no rush.I geuss I could put 2" in and let it cure up for a week or 2 then add some live sand? Or would it be better to cure it with the live sand and perhaps a live rock or so?
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