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Old 08-18-2008, 11:25 PM   #1
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substrate question for my new 180 Gal

I am wondering besides the biological boost and the buffering capabilities why I should use strict Live Sand vs. laying down one inch of dry substrate then adding another one inch of live sand on top? It seems it would be a little cheaper???
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Old 08-18-2008, 11:29 PM   #2
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Most of the time people go with dry stand and then "seed" it with a cub or just a single bag of live sand. With in a month or two the bacteria will start to grow in the sand and it will be live. Its not worth the extra money. After a couple months there will be no difference in biological filtration between them.
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Old 08-19-2008, 01:22 AM   #3
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I agree!

No since in adding live sand IMHO. Use the dry stuff and you can seed the sand with LR or sand from another tank as pat8you said.
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sorry for stealing the thread but can you just pick up the dry sand at like kent or any home building store? and wash it good
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sorry for stealing the thread but can you just pick up the dry sand at like kent or any home building store? and wash it good
Some people have done that, but most do not. Reason being the sand from a hardware store is silica sand and will leach into your water. It may look the same as real sand but it is not. It's dingy looking as well when added to the tank versus real ocean sand.
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Old 08-19-2008, 10:46 AM   #6
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ok so i should definatly go for a product like caribsea or something along those lines?
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Silica sand is fine to use and isn't going to promote negative effects on the system, but it does have that dingy appearence. Aragonite is preferred due to the grain texture and overall "white" coloration; however, there are no buffering capabilities as to impact the system in either dry nor live. My vote is to go dry aragonite by CaribSea, good stuff
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ok thanks the LFS here didnt have any sand and i was just seeing if i was looking in the wrong place, but looks like i will have to locate some on the internet
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I'm pretty sure every once and a while hardware stores carry sandbox play sand that is aragonite. You have to check but i've heard its considerable cheaper if you can find it and then just make sure you rinse if off real well.
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I agree with James. I don't waste my time on "live" sand, I have a hard time believeing it is live after gathering, packaging, shipping, sitting on shelves, all under different temps and conditions.
When I buy bulk, I like drsfosterandsmith.com since their shipping costs are a lot less. I bought 270Lbs of dry sand, a 6 foot lighting system and 3 160G of salt mix and shipping was $15.99.
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