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Old 12-29-2002, 08:38 PM   #1
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play sand or live sand

need more sand for my 75gal tank, all i have is 1\2 inch deep in my 30 gal 12 yrs old. i have to change tanks. which way should i go? play sand or live sand, or crushed coral. play sand is the cheapest but will it make the tank cycle? thanks
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Play sand will not make the tank cycle. You need an ammonia source for that. Play sand is cheaper and should be used if you can. You should then suplment your play sand with live sand. If you add the 1/2" of live sand from you 30 into the 75 that will help establish bactera colonies in the play sand.
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I would do the play sand and then add a couple of pounds of live sand after you reach the depth you want. I wouldn't add more than 1/2" of play sand per week to allow any fauna to migrate to the upper layers of the sand bed. There shouldn't be any cycle from adding the sand to the tank slowly. If you do it all at once there is the possibility that you could cause a spike from smothering the fauna and bacteria.
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Hmm, misread the original post, I thought there was live sand in the 75 already. Since there isn't I would add all the playsand and then the sand from the 30.
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play sand or live sand

8) thats the best news i can get.thats why i tell my freinds that aquarium advice forum is the BEST! how deep should i go? (with the live sand) 8)
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I would go with 4-6" depth. Provided you are wanting to do a DSB. If not, then I'd do a 2-3" depth. For more infor on DSBs...Click Here.
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play sand or live sand

that was the best artical on deep sand beds, i never knew half the stuff. since my tank mishap, i only got red legged hermits now,7 what should i put in a75gal, with a5in sandbed ?
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Good seeded live sand from an established DSB or a detrivore kit or garf grunge or something like that. You want the different fauna, pods and worms etc...You might also consider a few minibrittle stars, some nassarius snails and cerriths and a couple of conchs (fighting or queen).
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play sand or live sand

sorry, but never heard of detivore kit. would it be nessary for me 4in playsand and the 1/2 in of my 12yr old live sand? i was thinking more turbos, and cleaner shrimp,i have none now.
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brittle star is the only thing i reconize, but the one i had was6in across and ate my fea ther duster.
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While the turbos and the shrimp will aid in cleaning the tank of algae and detritus, they will not maintain the sandbed. The sand bed needs to be tended to... the sand fauna is what does that, they eat the fish waste, the detritus, leftover food etc...as well a turn the sand slowly. They are what makes the DSB functional. A detrivore kit is simply an assortment of sand fauna to jump start your sand bed. They are available through www.inlandaquatics.com and www.ipsf.com they are a bit pricey and I would recommend inocculating with good LS from an established DSB, prior to purchasing one, but if you don't have any other options.... As for your 12yr old LS, if it contains a decent amount of fauna, then you would't necessarilly need any of the other options, except to promote diversity in the sand bed.
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