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Old 06-07-2014, 09:04 PM   #61
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I wouldn't do crushed coral... If you want a cheap alternative, you can use pool sand. I've used that before and my only complaint is that it is very fine and can have a tendency to get blown around.. Not that big of a deal though, I would use it again.
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Old 06-08-2014, 11:57 AM   #62
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Mixing Instant Ocean

Use sand. You won't regret it.

Aragonite is the preferred kind. It will buffer your pH and it doesn't have silicates.
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OK, will do. I'll start out with 80 lbs. Does Argonite come in "Live" form ? I would like to use the course grain to cut down on blowing in the circulation. Speaking of Powerheads, do you run both at the same time, or do you run them independent of each other to simulate tides, with a controller ? I have a Aqueon siphon water changer that has a clear vacuum tube to sweep the sand for fish waste & un-eaten food, while doing water changes.
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Don't waste money on the "live" sand in a bag. It's really just wet, and it's about $10 more a bag.
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OK, I'll just get dry. About adding sand with water in tank, what is your method ?
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Old 06-08-2014, 01:21 PM   #66
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Funnel and a length of PVC pipe. Cleanest way to add sand . Make sure you out the rocks down before the sand though.
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I will put about 50 gallons in the tank, and then top it off after I add rocks and then sand. I have 55 lbs. or so of Pukani rock, I don't think it will displace more than 25 gallons. What about the powerhead question: Do you run both at the same time, or do you run them independent of each other to simulate tides, with a controller ?
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Which power heads are you using?
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I have 2 Koralia 1500 GPH
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I would just put them on opposite sides and aim towards each other. Cheapest easiest way to get a nice random flow pattern.
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