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Old 04-05-2005, 12:42 PM   #1
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seeding agronite sand to make it live

How can you do this...and yes I searched.
I was goin to buy a bag at HD and also max it with some from the lfs....what all is in LS and how do I seed HD playsand to make it Live...does anyone have a good write up on this?
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Old 04-05-2005, 02:41 PM   #2
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Some people don't like Silica sand(HD sand) but it should be ok. I have never used it though. Don't try and seed it with the bagged LS at the LFS. That sand is not really live.

Otherwise get some LS and spread it over the top of the non-live sand. It will populate over time.
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doesnt HD have agronite sand?
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If your lucky. I don't think they do in FL though. They don't where I am at. Only place I have heard of it is in PA or the North East.
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Any HD can order it from another store they just bend you over a barrell in shipping charges. 2 bags = $75 can you say OUCH!!!!!!
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Some people don't like Silica sand(HD sand) but it should be ok. I have never used it though. Don't try and seed it with the bagged LS at the LFS. That sand is not really live.

Otherwise get some LS and spread it over the top of the non-live sand. It will populate over time.
I didn't know this. So, will the bagged 'live sand' I got from my lsf ever become live? Or do I need to seed it first?
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It will become live but bagged LS does not contian live critters like real LS from an established tank. I used some of the bagged LS when I started my tank because I did not know. It says it will hasten the cycle but who knows. Mine still took 3-4 weeks.

Just know that there is a difference between LS and the bagged "LS".
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so what will happen if i get bagged LS and real LS and mix it?
(guess the HD thought is out)
I was also goin to wade out to a bar in the gulf and fill about 2 or 3 5 gal buckets of sand....Im sure this will have live critters LOL
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I do have 2 50# bags of silica sond covered with 20# live sand from my LFS out of their tanks. The araganite sand covers the silica and does just fine. I have lots of copepods and other fauna runnig rampant inmy substrate. My tank in 4'X13" and about 2"-3" deep with sand so I would suggest getting more live sand if possible.

I would stay away from getting the sand from the bar. Could be contaminates inthe sand that could harm you tank inhabitants.
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even if the sand never comes out of the water even on low tide and Im starting out so I dont have anything and it will cycle
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