Live sand *is* a ripoff in terms of it's marketing in a biological sense. It's only real benefit is it's very stable upon adding to water.
i have set up 2 tanks with playsand so far and both have been clear after about 3 to 4 days
Which about how long it takes for your tank to clear if one your power heads suddenly get dislodged. Personally I don't care for my LR
, impellars and tank surfaces to get a constant coating of white sludge every time the tank is distubed, and don't mind spending an extra $20 or so for the LS
to add on top the of the dry sand. The faster a new tank settles the sooner you can add fish and get the show on the road.