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Old 07-06-2009, 12:18 PM   #1
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Ok everyone, here's my first posting for my new tank. I have the Oceanic BioCube 29g tank and bought a 15lb bag of crushed coral/aragonite substrate. I also wanted to put some sand in there. Should I put livesand or just some aquarium sand, or should I put in any sand at all?
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Old 07-06-2009, 01:13 PM   #2
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i would say what you should do is NOT put in crushed coral. It goes fine for a year or two then you have a bad nitrate problem and you can't figure out why. It's because the detritus gets trapped in the little holes and crevices of CC substrate. Get sand - your fish (especially wrasse kinds) will like it way better and it is better for your nitrates.

Use aragonite reef sand, i use caribsea fiji pink, loving it.
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I agree with mandown123, don't use cc. Just use plain old dry aragonite. Don't buy live sand, Imo it's not live after sitting on a shelf for the better part of the year.
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Same here, use dry argonite, it will turn live soon enough.
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Old 07-06-2009, 04:01 PM   #5
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Also only use one substrate, I would still recommend argonite. If you mix them the CC will eventually rise to the top anyway.
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Old 07-06-2009, 05:57 PM   #6
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All good points. live sand is a selling point. Regular aragonite is a much better option.
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I agree, try getting CC out of a tank mixed with sand and we can compare war stories!
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Old 07-07-2009, 09:27 AM   #8
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Well I have good news, reading everyone's postings regarding the CC and how I should get rid of it, when I got home last night, I said to myself let me just check the package of the substrate I bought and I did and it doesn't have CC! I for some reason thought it did but it doesn't, it's just pure aragonite and it says that it reduces nitrite levels so that makes me happy!
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I'm happy to. That's great news. I have read to many bad stories about tanks with CC or worst CC mixed with sand.
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