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Old 10-16-2009, 09:20 PM   #1
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I know you experts can reccomend to me a solid substrate..I know aragonite but heck they have standard whish is sugar granule size then the select with is much coarser....I left the store without my sand because i USe PFs for my Cichlid and i know i get some sand when i do my PWC. My concern is the standar aragonite will give me the same issue. Can anyone tell me what i should do ??which would be reco. them most by folks who have establ. tanks? I am also thinking live sand but heres the deal its dead because it dry..they only offered 20% off 44.99 for 40lbs..I'm new and confused..help me out here....I got my salt Instant Ocean and a hydrometer....so thats a my start...want to add sand because i want to get my cycle started soon....
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Old 10-16-2009, 09:24 PM   #2
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I prefer either Aragamax, Special Grade, Fiji Pink, Bimini Pink, or Super Reef. It's really personal taste at that point...
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Old 10-16-2009, 09:29 PM   #3
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is it just that the aragomax a larger granule and better to syphon with less lost...this is really what i'm look for...
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Old 10-16-2009, 09:33 PM   #5
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if i just use crush coral can i get feather dusters down the line...i have 125 lbs just sitting around..
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Old 10-16-2009, 09:44 PM   #6
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I would not use crushed coral unless you religiously gravel vac your sandbed (alot of upkeep) and it's not friendly to sandbed fauna. The largest I would go is Super Reef (my personal fave); Stay under 2.0mm ave. large grain.
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I agree, I tried the CC...I couldn't vac enough of it at one time to get it all clean before my water level got too low....Plus it limits some of your clean up crew to a certain degree.
Folks do use PFS in the SW tanks, but I am like James, I would go with one of those. A little coarser will keep down the initial sandstorm a tiny bit, but it really is a personal preference. Live sand that is dry...not sure how that is still live....
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I would also go with the sand. You could get a CUC and let them take care of substrate.
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Old 10-17-2009, 11:13 AM   #9
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i guess what i'm really wanting to know is what are yalls experience with the sugar sized? does it create a lot of heck??? i am thinking the aragonite max but its a bit more expensive than the sugar sized standard aragonite....
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I do all my PWC's through my sump and my sand size is very fine. Since I don't syphon from the DT I have no 'sandstorm" issues.
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