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Old 08-31-2012, 03:49 AM   #1
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Strting aquarium what sand to use?

I am new to salt water, I am starting a tank but don't know what type of sand to use what is the best sand? Live sand? Ocean direct live sand? Or use crush corral? But if I want to eventually put the fish that filters sand thru his gills as he sucks it up, not sure what kind it is just remember seeing it at pet store? But if I want that kind of fish can I use crush coral? Or go with just live sand or do I use non live sand? My tank is 100 gal how much sand do u guys recomend?
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Old 08-31-2012, 11:52 AM   #2
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I'd go with live sand but if u purchase it dry its cheaper the so called live sands a gimmick imo if yur cycling yur tank it will become live
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Really so the dry sand is the same? So I can buy majority of dry sand n add a some "live sand" it will be the same thing as just doin it all live, how much many pounds should I get for a 100gal tank?
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Old 08-31-2012, 12:25 PM   #4
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At least a pound a gallon. And yes the dry sand will become live
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Old 08-31-2012, 01:09 PM   #5
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I have pool filter sand in both of my saltwater tanks. Very cheap and will turn live as the tank cycles. Best alternative in my opinion. I also have sand sifters in both tanks that love it. Only drawback would be if you dont like the color.
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Well thank u for the helpful advise..
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Old 08-31-2012, 01:43 PM   #7
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What is pool filter sand?
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Old 08-31-2012, 02:45 PM   #8
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Playground sand in mine ...
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Old 08-31-2012, 05:33 PM   #9
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Really playground sand works?
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:50 AM   #10
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I went with pool filter sand In my tank. It was $10 for 50lbs so pretty cheap compared to all live sand or crushed coral. I have a diamond goby and he sifts with no problem.
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