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Old 06-27-2012, 11:11 PM   #1
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Live sand

Can you make live sand or do you have to buy it? Can you get it from offshore?
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:27 PM   #2
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Why do you want live sand if I may ask
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Old 06-27-2012, 11:46 PM   #3
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I had crush coral for years. I'm redoing my tank cus a picked up a parasite an want to do live rock and some soft corals. Time for a change. 75 gal
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Old 06-28-2012, 05:21 AM   #4
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I had crush coral for years. I'm redoing my tank cus a picked up a parasite an want to do live rock and some soft corals. Time for a change. 75 gal
You can get sand without it being live sand. It will become live over time. Dry sand is the better option. Live sand sold in bags with water usually contain large amounts of die off and who knows what. I suggest buying a medium sized grain dry sand. Much cheaper too.
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I am setting up a new 30 gallon reef and was told live sand is better since it is easier to clean. I have always used crushed coral for pH. Do I need to add crushed coral to my sand base for the pH benefits?
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:41 AM   #6
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Look up aragonite sand.
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Old 06-28-2012, 09:58 AM   #7
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I looked up aragonite (thanks) seems perfect for ph balance, size and price. Can I add a couple pounds of live sand to speed up the process?
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The problem with live sand is die off you may create more problems, you can get bacteria in a bottle that does the same thing and cheaper but I wouldn't recommend either one live rock will help u with no die off I would stick with that
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Who knows how long that live sand has been in that bag could be a week or months there for is it really live or is it a bunch of dead Bactria!!!
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Old 06-28-2012, 11:35 AM   #10
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The live sand I purchased had no die off (smell). The bacteria came in a separate pouch which I disguarded. My question is sand or no sand for a fish with coral tank?
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