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Old 04-17-2005, 12:53 AM   #1
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Tank sand

I know that the bagged sand can be seeded by the live rock and turn into live sand....but do you think it will speed up the fishless cycle using ls or does it not matter??
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Old 04-17-2005, 02:25 AM   #2
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I would definately say using livesand speeds up the cycling. I added about 60lbs of LS to my 30gallon, my tank cycled completely in 23 days....I also had about 55lbs of LR.
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I agree. I added livesand and liverock as my cycling means, and my cycle was done in no time.
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Old 04-17-2005, 09:16 AM   #4
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LS imho is an extra cost not necessary. If you have the cash, go for it. If you are like me, then any argonite sand will do, it becomes live on it's own. Just like the rocks that you have in the tank.
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Im ont much on that bagged sand stuff you see on the store shelves. If you can get some sand from an acutal tank either in the store or from a local hobbists.
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Old 04-17-2005, 05:01 PM   #6
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does anyone know a cheep website for me to buy ls
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Old 04-18-2005, 01:38 AM   #7
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If you can find the Tropical Playsand from Home Depot it is cheap enough. I'm not sure if it's in season or not, but you can beat the price on this stuff. $7-10 for a 50lb bag. All you need from there is a good cup of sand from a lfs and it will do the rest. That is the cheapest you can get. Also, you can check the sponsors here..Premiumaqautics.com carries sand. Good luck!

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i added 80# of caribsea aragonite and 40# of 100% cured live rock in my 75g and had little to no cycle at all and added 2 baby O clowns 2 weeks after adding liverock. for the price difference i would go with bagged sand but if the opportunity is there where you can get a cup or two from a friend or lfs then go for it, it will help you sand bed establish quicker.
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liverocks.com use to have live sand available...assuming they still do.

I personally don't think much of live sand. I'd rather sink that money into some quality live rock, and let it seed my sand.
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I agree with malkore spend the money on LR IMO more bang for your buck.
I have LS in my reef and play sand in my fowlr and you can not tell them apart unless you look very close.
As far a speeding up the cycle IMO as long as you have enough LR having LS will not make a difference, more bacteria will grow in and on the LR then sand bed.
Do not rush the cycle and take your time or you will be sorry in the end. While the tank is cycling take time to read up on the hobby and read up on the fish and corals you want.
If your looking to get a fast cycle then you need to spend some extra $$ and get cured LR and you should have a min of 1lb per gallon.
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