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Old 03-05-2012, 04:13 PM   #1
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How much live sand & live rock?

Just trying to find out how much live rock and live sand would be sufficient for a 150 gallon tank?

Also, how many power heads would be ideal?
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Old 03-05-2012, 04:27 PM   #2
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How much sand depends on how deep you want your sand bed.

Rock is generally 1-1.5 lbs per Gallon.

The # of PHs depends on what type of tank you're going to keep. Reefs need 20-50x total tank volume turnover.
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Old 03-05-2012, 04:28 PM   #3
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Sand Bed calc:
http://www.reefcentral.com/calc/SandBed.php
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:49 PM   #4
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I am doing a FOWLR tank. Not ready for a reef tank yet, considering I'm new to this.
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Old 03-05-2012, 07:06 PM   #5
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You can start with a shallow sand bed if you'd like...maybe 2-3". Rock would still be 1-1.5 lbs per gallon. As for powerheads, I'd just get two and stick one on either side of the tank. Depends on you how much flow you want in a fowlr.
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What would be the best type of sand to buy in my case?
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It depends on how much you want to spend really. Pool Filter Sand (PFS) and play sand can be purchased at your local hardware store for a few bucks for 50 lbs. You can spend more on aragonite sand if you like. Read up on the benefits of aragonite sand. If that's the route you want to go, check out: The Reef Rock Store

I haven't purchased from them myself, but many folks have and liked their product. Hard to beat at that price.
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225 lbs of rock? That's crazy!
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It depends on how much you want to spend really. Pool Filter Sand (PFS) and play sand can be purchased at your local hardware store for a few bucks for 50 lbs. You can spend more on aragonite sand if you like. Read up on the benefits of aragonite sand. If that's the route you want to go, check out: The Reef Rock Store

I haven't purchased from them myself, but many folks have and liked their product. Hard to beat at that price.
Thanks! Seems like a good site. I'm definitely interested in the aragonite sand.
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Would using sand from Destin, FL beaches, or any beach for that matter, be a bad idea when wanting to build an aquarium?
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