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Old 02-14-2010, 11:42 PM   #1
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Question Live Sand or Crushed Coral?

We haven't decided on any kind of gravel for our SW tank, but petco has live sand with tiny seashells in it that i really really like, but i read somewhere that you shouldnt buy live sand in a bag because more than likely it has already died sitting on the shelf...

So is it better to get live sand? or crushed coral?
and if its better to get live sand, where do i get enough for a 55 gallon tank?

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Old 02-15-2010, 12:04 AM   #2
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Its all dead no matter how old it is, at least thats what ive heard. Plus crushed coral will be easier for cleaning. If you use a syphon on sand well you get the idea. lol
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Old 02-15-2010, 12:05 AM   #3
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Sand is more asthetically pleasing IMO
The crushed coral can and will trap ditritus and can cause your tank to have high NitrAtes , NitrItes and ammonia ... the sand is a bit harder as it is "packed" down and holds less detrits ... You may have some luck using some play sand from Lowes or any other home improvment stores ...it us usally pretty cheap under 10 bucks for a 50 LB bag ... just besure to whiff it to make sure there is not "oily" smell to it if it does just pass it up ... You will need to pre wet it down a bit to allow it to sink easier ...
LS that we talk about has anerobic bacteria just how much is live is debatable ... I use it becuase my tanks are nanos and also it is "pre wet" for me allowing quicker set up times and less prime time of having to presoak it for any period of time .... all sand will become live in time ... if I ever change my tank I will be using the dry sand that is white , I guess I became partial to the look of it with the crabitat my neice has ..
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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?
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Old 02-15-2010, 12:44 AM   #5
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I have Crushed coral with no problems. its been in the tank for over five years now. IMO if cleaned regular it should be fine.
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ok great! thank you guys for the imput! also is it safe to put tiny seashells in the tank as well?
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Old 02-15-2010, 01:31 AM   #7
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For your substrate or just decoration? you should put an assortment of sizes in if you plan on having hermits. that should help keep them from killing your snails for their shells.
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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!
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not sure i gave bad advice. just expressed my experience with my tank.
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ok how do you vaccuum sand? and there isnt anything else i can use besides sand?
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