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Old 07-13-2012, 12:19 AM   #1
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What type of sand?

I have a 46 gallon acrylic tank and i have 20 pounds of dry carib sea caribean sand and wanna seed it with some good live sand. what's a good type?
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Old 07-13-2012, 12:55 AM   #2
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Its hard to find real Live sand. It would be easier to find a few pieces of live rock to add. You can then just use home depots play sand too add.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:16 AM   #3
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I have a 46 gallon acrylic tank and i have 20 pounds of dry carib sea caribean sand and wanna seed it with some good live sand. what's a good type?
I asked my lfs for a cup of their sand.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:19 AM   #4
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Live rock is cheap and give you structure to tank.
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Like what was stated above, real live sand isn't easy to find. Just make your own with what you have. Get a cup of sand from your LFS of a SW buddy to get it going.
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Also I know carib sea sells the 7kg bags of live sand also.
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Old 07-13-2012, 08:49 AM   #7
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Also I know carib sea sells the 7kg bags of live sand also.
How live can it be sitting on a shelf for 6 months just my opinion. I went that route wont ever do it again. Waste of money when pool filter sand is 3 bucks for 50 pounds and a cup of sand from buddy or lfs is free.
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Just giving options since the bacteria in the sand are anaerobic so the it won't go "stale". Also if there is any issues in lfs tanks you don't know about, you wouldn't want to bring it home.
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Just giving options since the bacteria in the sand are anaerobic so the it won't go "stale". Also if there is any issues in lfs tanks you don't know about, you wouldn't want to bring it home.
Perhaps that's a valid point. Point well taken. Guess comes to the question in how well you know/ trust your lfs or buddy setup. Im thinking terms of organisms which indeed can be found on your live rock but I look as another source of introduction not just on the live rock.
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I used live sand in my tank and it was loaded with critters especially pods and feather dusters. If you buy live sand you need to get the stuff that's bagged with water and check the expiry date if it doesn't have one then it isn't live sand.
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