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Crushed Coral 2 4.76%
Sand 38 90.48%
Sand Crushed Coral Mix 1 2.38%
Live Sand Crushed Coral Mix 1 2.38%
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Old 04-12-2005, 06:19 PM   #21
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welll FF, my lfs only sells the live sand bagged and should i just do like 60lbs of regular non silicate sand and like 30 lbs of live sand? cause i really want a DSB would that be goos?? cause i looked at a 3" sand bed and it is about 100lbs and that would only be like what $30 to fill it? anyhow

you guys dont reccomned the crushed coral? but what about live sand crushed coral mix? would that be pretty good and it would buffer the pH right? and with the sw fishies what pH do clowns and gobys and hawkfish need?

also this is a suggested fish for the 29 gal

2 electric blue gobys
2 O. Clowns
1 or 2 striped hawkfish

is that good?
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Old 04-12-2005, 06:36 PM   #22
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Rudy, I would go to Home Depot and find playground sand. It is cheaper and it will work the same as live sand in the long run.

Crushed coral is good and all, but for a dsb you want nice sugary sand, that way it is easier to keep clean.

It is all about personal preferance. You may go with crushed coral and love it. I personally do not like the way it looks and the fact that you cant have the sand sifter gobies in a tank with crushed corals.
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Old 04-12-2005, 06:43 PM   #23
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but what about live sand crushed coral mix?
It can be done, but eventually the sand will settle to the bottom leaving the CC on the top. You will then have to make sure you vac the CC often to remove any detritus so you do not end up with a nitrate problem. Sand does not need this much maintanance.
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but what about live sand crushed coral mix?
It can be done, but eventually the sand will settle to the bottom leaving the CC on the top. You will then have to make sure you vac the CC often to remove any detritus so you do not end up with a nitrate problem. Sand does not need this much maintanance.
You are right about the settling of the sand. I have a lot of shells in my tank because of the sand I used from the ocean. They all have made their way to the top and I am always having to pick them out. It is really a pain.
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Old 04-13-2005, 12:39 AM   #25
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ok thanks but how do i do a gravel vac with sand???? cause if i do what i do now with my FW tank i wouldnt have any sand in the tank anymore

so how do you recommend having to do the vaccuming for sand?
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No, you do not vac the sand.
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You use a clean up crew to keep the sand clean. You should never need to vacum the sand in a saltwater tank.
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sugar-sized aragonite sand.
We were using some larger (1.5 - 2mm sized) sand in our 29 gallon, but when we upgraded to a 55, all that went into the sump area.

The main tank is now filled with the same, Aragomax Sugar Sized White Sand.

It is hands down, more beautiful that I thought.. Specially with a brittle star moving around on it.

p.s. You play WoW? I've a lvl 28 Warlock on Garona. (Alliance)
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You may not be able to find the right playsand at home depot. it's very regional. You need SouthDown brand playsand, and it should be very white, and may even say 'tropical'.

I really doubt you'll get 100lbs of live sand for $30. Its $30 for a 30lb bag of non-live sand that's aragonite based. Live sand will go for a premium, probably $2-$3 a pound.

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i play WoW Cava-14warlock not the undead

and also, what color? white? as white as i can get??? also why? why not a more 'regular' tan sand?
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