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Old 08-15-2010, 09:10 PM   #1
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How much sand for a 55g?

I just purchased a 4x 54 watt t5 HO for my 55g, and all i need now is sand? but the question is how much sand do i need for a solid reef set up, im so tired of the CC in my 20g time to make the right choice for once
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Old 08-15-2010, 09:18 PM   #2
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I think its 10# per gallon.
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Old 08-15-2010, 09:23 PM   #3
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so 550 lbs of sand? LOL no way man i dont even think the demintions of the tank can hold that much sand, your to funny..i think you ment 1# per g, so thanks
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Old 08-15-2010, 10:02 PM   #4
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If your just aiming to have a nice covering on the bottom then you can shoot for 1 lb per gallon. That should give you a nice 1-2 inch covering. If your looking to do a deep sand bed of 4+ inches, then your looking at 2-3 lbs per gallon or so.
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Old 08-15-2010, 10:28 PM   #5
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Found it, for a 55g you need 55-110 pounds.

Sorry about the 10# I was WAY off, I bought mine by the 5 gallon bucket full, 5 buckets for my 210g, I have a 2-4" base.

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if its aragonite sand, 50lbs will be pretty shallow... i'd say probably 75lbs would get you a nice 2-3" sand bed
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Old 08-16-2010, 07:47 PM   #7
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I picked up 65 lbs of argonite sand this morning for $70 from petsmart. i suppose ill pick up 10 more.
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Now the real challenge is moving this 20g off the 55g stand to put the 55g tank up there any ideas?
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Now the real challenge is moving this 20g off the 55g stand to put the 55g tank up there any ideas?
Yeah, get a 5 gal bucket and put your live stock and LR in it with a power head. should be okay for a couple of days (make sure you keep it topped of a couple times a day. put the sand in the 55 and add the 20 sand. then everything back in the 55. don't forget to aclimate.

ps maybe a couple of buckets
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