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Old 04-11-2003, 10:46 AM   #1
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Southdown sand

Should I, Could I use ALL Southdown sand for My new 50 G? Or should I put Something else with it? such as Aragonite, Or CC. Rock and sand is all there will be for a Filter, so I'm not sure whether to use all sand, or a mix?

Keep in mind I'll keep things like watchman gobies, small stars, and mostly fish for the rest.

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Old 04-11-2003, 11:18 AM   #2
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howdy,

i went with all sand, and lots of LR. Working great
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I have to go to Columbus Home depot to get it. Unless someone near Cleveland, Oh has 150LBS to sell me? Tim.
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Old 04-11-2003, 01:53 PM   #4
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I would use mostly Southdown and then add a couple pounds of LS from you LFS and try to get a cup or two off fellow reefers.
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Old 04-11-2003, 03:54 PM   #5
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Or should I put Something else with it? such as Aragonite, Or CC.
FWIW, Southdown is Aragonite.

I wouldn't add crushed coral - too large of a grain size.

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I would use mostly Southdown and then add a couple pounds of LS from you LFS and try to get a cup or two off fellow reefers.
Ditto.
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most of it sand, then some LS. but be forwarned about the live sand you get. alot of it might be dead, which in return will start to cycle your tank. amonia levels will be present.check your water perm often after the live sand is added. do not add any fish right away. a choking fish is a horrible thing.
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Thanks Troutman, and all, I found the sand I needed in Mansfeild yesterday, 350lbs
This is all going in a new setup, so I'm not worried about new cycle. I'll be waiting for the LS, and LR to cycle the tank before I add fish.
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Are you putting all 350 pounds of SD in that 50?
I used 300 in my 125 (72x18) and 40 of ls. My sand bed is 5"-7"
I used several calculators found on different sites. The results were between 270 and 372 pounds, the latter being from the calculator on this site.
The calculator at http://reefcentral.com/calc/SandBed.php allows you to enter the "Pounds per cubic foot" as part of your calculation.
From that site:
"* According to CaribSea,
"Most all the aragonites weigh 70 lbs/cubic foot.
The Aragamax, Aragamax Select, and Aragamax Grand Bahama
weigh about 90-100 lbs/cubic foot."

My calculations were as follows:

You will need approximately 338 pounds of sand
to achieve a 5 inch depth in a 72 x 18 inch tank
assuming the sand weighs 90 pounds per cubic foot.

You will need approximately 263 pounds of sand
to achieve a 5 inch depth in a 72 x 18 inch tank
assuming the sand weighs 70 pounds per cubic foot.
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No I have a new 50G that's going to have 4" in it (149lbs) 18x36
I also have a 75 G that's going to have 3" (149lbs) 18x48, but I need to tear down the 75 and reconstruct the wall and cabinat so it will hold the 75, two more tanks, the 50 and a 36 G, and a 200gallon sump to go underneath. but I may also build a closet to hold a 100 or 150 gallon refuge also, but I haven't decided wether or not to do that or build the refuge into the sump.
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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.
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