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Old 04-12-2003, 09:56 PM   #11
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I'd like to know also, since this site is the one I used.
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Old 04-12-2003, 10:37 PM   #12
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Our DSB is pretty deep - 4" at the shallowest, to 7" in most spots. We used 11 bags of Southdown (550lbs), and added another (approx.) 100lbs of live sand. So, about 650 lbs - or 13 bags - in a 180g - 72" x 24" footprint, with an average depth of 6".

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FF, it was in my post:
"The results were between 270 and 372 pounds, the latter being from the calculator on this site"

AA had the highest number. I think you should tweak it it bit or allow the user to enter the weight per cubic foot (perhaps with some examples, which might be hard to get).
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Oh, Guess I am a culprit of not reading the post completely.

If I had such measurements I would be glad to enhance the calculator but really aside from going out and buying a bunch of differnt brands of sand I think it will be hard to know what X brand sand weights per cubic inch or foot or anything else.

Also, some calcs base the weight on dry and while others base it upon wet sand. As you can imagen wet sand is heaver than white sand. Also sand of larger particles will weigh less than those of smaller particles as you can get less and in the same cubic inch.
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I would hope that the manufacturers/retailers would be able to tell you the dry weight per cubic foot. The Southdown I bought was quite wet from condensation and weighed more than the 50 pounds stated on the bag.

For instance, on the Carib Sea web site I found the following:
"To compute the amount of aragonite needed for your set-up, use the following equation: length of tank x width of tank x bed depth desired, divide the answer by 1,728, then multiply x 70. This is the poundage needed. "

Using that calculation for my tank (72 * 18 * 5" dsb) yields 262.5 pounds or jsut over 5 bags of Southdown (SD being the same as Carib Sea aragonite sand).
I used 6 bags and 40 pounds of LS and have a 5"-7"+ dsb.
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That sounds about right. in my case it came up 9lbs short of the this website's calculator.
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We factor our weight in a measure of cubic inch. Right now the calculator uses 1 Cubic Inch of sand = .05750lbs

This was developed based upon the weight from http://www.purearagonite.com and from www.candybass.com I took both measurements and since I knew the candybass.com measurement was calculating WET sand I split the difference basicly to get a decent average.
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Well I bought what this site told me to + one bag, so I'm happy

My next stop is well, home depot again. I was thinking of making a maze of pvc, to go along the back of the tank, with multiple inlets/outlets, and rock piled up around it. Kindof like a suken sewer system. do ya'all think the fish would use the pipes, or does this sound stupid? Tim.
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I used several calculators found on different sites.
How did this sites calculator fare? Just curious. Obviously since most calculators have a pre set weigh per square inch they are going to come out different depending on what that cubic inch weight is.
Hi this discussion is a little old but I have been trying to get Southdown Tropical play sand for over a month and I finaly have some. I am in Illinois, around Chicago, dupage county about 25 miles west of the city. I am setting up a 150 gallon tank and didn't want to pay over 300 dollars for sand. I followed searches on this site to where you can get a ton for 20 dollars and it got me motivated to find a cheaper way.
Well over a month later, 30+ hours on the internet and being forced to buy a whole pallet of Southdown sand I am finally getting sand at a reasonable price. Now to the point of this long winded note. I have a pallet of Southdown Tropical Play sand for sale by the 50lb bag. All the money earned from this sand will go to support my habit.....fish. I am also willing to trade for live rock that is the next step in creating my tank. What price? .35 cents a pound is about a third of the alternatives. Thats 17.50 a 50 lb bag and you wont pay shipping if you pick up.
Let me know what you think anyone.
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I was looking for a sku # on the southdown sand so my local home depot will order me some.
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