Originally Posted by STARFYRE
I used bahama grand; which is a fine white sand with tons of little shell pieces. I'm not sure if it is live sand?? I don't really know the difference.
"Live sand" would have come in a bag with water and would have been a lot more expensive than the dry sand.
The live sand just has the nitrifying bacteria already growing in it to jumpstart your tank.
Dry sand will start to become "live" with your natural cycle.
I've got about 2-3" in my nanos and about 5-6" in my 125gal, but that one is a mixture of gravel, CC, and reef sand.
(It already had 3-4" of the mix when I bought it and just added more aragonite sand to make it deeper. One of these days I'll change it all out to just sand... yeah right...)
When you add more sand turn off your pumps and filters or else the fine particles will get into the impellers and cause excess wear, noise and/or binding.
(I've gone thru 6 impellers in the last year due to the fine, white sand getting stirred up. I've decided I'm done with Marineland filters for good now.)
To help keep it from getting really cloudy you can put the sand in baggies, wet it down with SW
, then lower it into your tank before opening it and dumping it out.
If you want to go one step farther you can put the dry sand in a 5gal bucket of water and then stir and rinse it a couple of times to get rid of some of the fine silt before putting it into the baggies.