Originally Posted by SWnewby
Is it safe to use sand from lowes or a home improvement store? is there anything else i can use besides sand? that wont trap all the gunk?
You are getting a lot of bad advice.
The sand from lowes or home depot will contain alot of cilicates. this will cause a diatom bloom beyond belief. Crushed coral is difficult to keep clean at best and will causes hith nitrates. Live sand is a waste of money because you have no idea how long it has sat on the shelf. that is why people assume that it is no longer live
What you want is dry argonite sand. It will buffer the PH in you tank and it is easy to keep clean. I vaccum mine every week.
you want to rinse it before you put it in and then wait for the cloudiness to go away.
DO NOT USE SAND FROM HOME DEPOT!