Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Saltwater and Reef > Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 02-16-2012, 04:47 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 101
Substrate ideas?

What is the best substrate to use in marine aquaria, coral sand, live sand or just plain tropical sand substrate? Does it make a big difference?
__________________

__________________
jonesy99 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2012, 07:11 AM   #2
SW 20 & Over Club
 
ccCapt's Avatar


 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Northeast PA
Posts: 5,362
Send a message via ICQ to ccCapt
The best is an aragonite based sand such as Caribsea. You can buy live sand but it's not really worth the extra money. Play sand is OK too, but it's usually silica based (quartz) and some of it may be sharp and it may initially release some silica into the water. You should avoid crushed coral.
__________________

__________________
/Larry
125g reef
See My Tank Info
Check out The build project
ccCapt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2012, 12:02 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 429
IMO live sand isn't worth much. Honestly what can live in a bag that long? A good solid aragonite based sand is best.
__________________
jwalsh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-16-2012, 12:17 PM   #4
AA Team Emeritus
 
Wy Renegade's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 4,714
As far as substrate, it is really about the look that you like and want, as well as the livestock you are keeping. From Bare bottom to Deep sandbed, every one had both advantages and disadvantages.
__________________
the Bog

"Listen to some of these guys talk, and it's like they were born from their momma's belly with a fishkeeping encyclopedia in one hand and an API kit in the other" (unrevealed).
Wy Renegade is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
substrate

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ideas on Oto Losses HooKooDooKu Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 16 03-02-2012 03:00 PM
110 stocking ideas barterking85 Saltwater Fish Only & FOWLR 18 02-16-2012 02:26 PM
Any ideas for what fish next Ottermus Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 20 02-13-2012 02:30 PM
filtration for my substrate sayan Cichlid Discussion 11 02-13-2012 01:45 PM
substrate Crittercaller Freshwater & Brackish - Planted Tanks 37 02-12-2012 11:39 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:17 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.