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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 04-11-2005, 05:40 PM   #1
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Substrates for SW

hey guys, what substrates do you recommend????
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sugar-sized aragonite sand.
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is that expensive? if so how much per 50 lb bag?
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also, by sand i meant live sand
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a lot of people will tell you not to bother with livesand if you intend to use LR, because, in time the sand will become live. THe only think is it may cut off a couple days on your cycle.
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Re: Substrates for SW

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hey guys, what substrates do you recommend????
What about..none? Barebottom?
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i definently like my sand...but i got mine direct from the gulf of mexico...adn gezz its full of life and its only 1 day old
I personally dont like crushed coral....its doesnt look natural...Ive done alot of reef diving and never have seen crushed coral around a reef...or anywhere except the beach - I personally thank sugar size is the best most natural way to go...maybe mixed alittle with some larger argonite sand
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Any and all sand placed i nthe tank will become LIVE so the Sand and crushed coral mix and Live sand and crushed coral mix is the same thing.

For the budget hobbists you should get the bulk of your sand from the home improvment store. Be sure its argonite sand and not silicate based. A simple vinegar test will show this. At the home improvment store a 50lb bag will be less than $10 vs the same amount from a LFS of that bagged live sand would be over $100. Complement this dry sand with a few lbs of live sand from the LFS's tanks (if they sell live sand thats not pre bagged) or from a fellow hobbists thats in your area.

Dont buy that prebagged stuff.
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