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Old 01/11/2008, 08:42 AM
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sand bed.

I've done some recent research on substrates, and have found that people use all type of different things with success. I know to avoid CrushedCoral.
In my 12 gallon Nano I have Arag-Alive. Fiji Pink sand.
But for a 1"-2" sand bed and at 20lbs per bag, that's about 4-6 bags.
Is there something else I can use as a filler with the arag-alive, or something else I can use all together?

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Old 01/11/2008, 08:44 AM
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I have just used plain aragonite sand in my tanks. The live rock seeds the sand with life eventually, so never spent the money for the so called "live" sand.
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Old 01/11/2008, 08:50 AM
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yeah about how much does plain aragonite run?
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Old 01/11/2008, 08:50 AM
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and where would you get it at?
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Old 01/11/2008, 08:59 AM
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I got mine at the LFS. I have seen it at some of the larger pet stores. I don't remember exactly how much I paid for it. It was more than you would pay for the play sand like some people use, but it was certainly less than what you pay for "live" sand. I would imagine that the pricing would be highly variable from area to area and store to store.
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Old 01/11/2008, 09:11 AM
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ah alright. Thanks.
I'm having trouble finding it online and my LFS just went out of Business.
Anyone else know of an online store that sells it??
Doesn't appear as though the Dr's do.
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Old 01/11/2008, 09:31 AM
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I paid 18.99 at Fishman in Springfield Il,then later same day found it for 16.99 at Petco in Springfield. thats for a 20 pound bag of no frills aragonite dry
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Old 01/11/2008, 09:37 AM
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Have you tried Premium Aquatics' site?


And yeah, places like Petco and I think Petsmart I've seen it at.
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Old 01/11/2008, 09:51 AM
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Petco sell one that is pretty inexpensive, then just find a local reef club and I am sure someone will provide you with a handfull of good live sand to seed yours or let your liverock seed it.
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Old 01/11/2008, 02:19 PM
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I used one 20 pound bag and mixed it with non live sand. Sand bed is alive and well. It will all be alive over time
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Old 01/11/2008, 02:23 PM
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I just received a catalog in the mail from petsolutions.com. I'm almost positive that I seen it in the catalog, but I'm not certain. Their prices seem pretty good, and that's only because I noticed what they charge for things I had already purchased elsewhere! LOL!
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Old 01/12/2008, 01:00 AM
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is sand like this okay? or should I be looking more towards aragonite?
I really couldn't find anything like that on petco.com
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Old 01/12/2008, 01:02 AM
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would this be alright?
It's the cheapest I've found so far.
http://www.marinedepot.com/ps_ViewIt...ct~CS0930.html
but such a small grain size...how much of that would I need??
I would like to do that, and mabey a bag or two of the black sand.
w/e color isn't too important. How much would I need?
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Old 01/12/2008, 04:17 AM
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he smaller grain size is going to serve you better. As well, if you aren't going to go with a deep sand bed, I'd stick with a bed less than an inch deep. You want to make sure you don't end up with a nitrate sink. Generally the rule of thumb is less than an inch, or over 4 inches.
 

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