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How much sand do I need?
Old 02-24-2014, 08:39 AM   #1
 
How much sand do I need?

I have decided to switch to Sand for my aquarium. The issue is according to this web site I need 731 pounds of it...which seems like way to much....

How do I find out how much I need? Are there sand brands that are better then others? I'm looking at
this one this one
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My dimensions are: (55 gallon tank)

37 length
16.5 depth
21 height
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Old 02-24-2014, 11:01 AM   #2
 
Go pool filter sand .A 50lb bag will cost you about $ 9.00. I go with about 1lb per gallon for a standard shaped tank and I'll get a substrate deep enough for planting.
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:13 PM   #3
 
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Assuming this is a saltwater tank as you posted in the saltwater section. DO NOT go pool filter sand, you will be forever fighting algae as it is full of nasty stuff.

I have a 55g tank with a 3" deep sand bed, I used just sort of 80 lbs of Aragonite live sand.
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:53 PM   #4
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I have decided to switch to Sand for my aquarium. The issue is according to this web site I need 731 pounds of it...which seems like way to much....

How do I find out how much I need? Are there sand brands that are better then others? I'm looking at this one.

My dimensions are: (55 gallon tank)

37 length
16.5 depth
21 height
You made a mistake. The calculator wanted to know your desired sand depth, not the height of your tank. With a 3 inch sand bed you'd be looking at 104 pounds.
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:39 AM   #5
 
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You made a mistake. The calculator wanted to know your desired sand depth, not the height of your tank. With a 3 inch sand bed you'd be looking at 104 pounds.


Thank you!

And I apologize, I meant to post in the freshwater section!
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Old 02-25-2014, 09:54 PM   #6
 
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Moved to freshwater section.
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:06 PM   #7
 
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Go pool filter sand .A 50lb bag will cost you about $ 9.00. I go with about 1lb per gallon for a standard shaped tank and I'll get a substrate deep enough for planting.

Agreed
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Old 04-09-2014, 12:03 PM   #8
 
Thanks everyone. Any suggestions on a good sand?
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Old 04-09-2014, 12:40 PM   #9
 
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See post #2

For a cheap all purpose sand you can't beat pool filter sand. Some like play sand too but I hated it.

Beyond that there are the more expensive options, like the caribsea products and the plant specific substrates.
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See post #2

For a cheap all purpose sand you can't beat pool filter sand. Some like play sand too but I hated it.

Beyond that there are the more expensive options, like the caribsea products and the plant specific substrates.
Great thanks. Sorry about that! I just re read through all the posts
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