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post #1 of 10 Old 02-24-2014, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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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 http://www.amazon.com/CaribSea-Super-Naturals-Aquarium-Sand/dp/B00C892B8K/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1393248403&sr=8-4&keywords=aquarium+sand.

My dimensions are: (55 gallon tank)

37 length
16.5 depth
21 height
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post #2 of 10 Old 02-24-2014, 12:01 PM
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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.
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post #3 of 10 Old 02-24-2014, 08:13 PM
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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.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

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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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post #5 of 10 Old 02-25-2014, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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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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Moved to freshwater section.

10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)

75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.

220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)
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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

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
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post #8 of 10 Old 04-09-2014, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone. Any suggestions on a good sand?
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post #9 of 10 Old 04-09-2014, 01:40 PM
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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.

125 - BGK, chanchito cichlid, pictus cats, silver dollars, palmas bichir
125 - cichlids (severums, bolivian rams, chocolate), rainbows ( turquoise, red), loaches (angelicus, zebra, kuhli and horseface), plecos (BN, RL and clown), denison barbs, tiretrack eel, pearl gouramis, betta
90 - Congo tetras, african knife, upside down cats, spotted ctenopoma, kribensis, delhezzi bichir
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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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