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post #1 of 7 Old 10-15-2008, 06:51 AM Thread Starter
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Live sand?

I'm getting a 55g tank in about two weeks and planning on planting it and so forth. I wanted to use sand instead of rock but all the sand I've seen at LFS and PetCo are labeled "Live Sand" and mentions something about being from the ocean which is obviously salt water and I'm doing a freshwater tank.

So my question is, in regards to planting a tank, what type of base do I need, live sand or substrate or what? Thanks so much!
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post #2 of 7 Old 10-15-2008, 07:07 AM
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Just to clarify, Substrate defines any base you use on your tank. eg. live sand, Gravel, Eco-complete etc.

If I were you, i'd get Eco-complete, that is if you can find it... It's one of the best in regards to growing aquatic plants

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post #3 of 7 Old 10-15-2008, 07:17 AM
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play sand from home depot works, just pre-rinse it really well
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post #4 of 7 Old 10-15-2008, 01:06 PM
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Live sand is for salt water aquarium's only. The "live" part only refers to it being inhabited by micro organisms, not that it's suitable for planting.

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post #5 of 7 Old 10-15-2008, 01:41 PM
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I agree, something like Eco-complete is going to be your best bet for growing live plants, but natural gravel or play sand are also great choices. It's a matter of preference and the size of your wallet.

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post #6 of 7 Old 10-15-2008, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Where could I find Eco-complete? PetCo perhaps? What does it usually run you?
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post #7 of 7 Old 10-15-2008, 09:47 PM
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I'm not sure if Petco or Petsmart would carry it, but any better LFS should have it on hand. It usually runs about $25 for a 20 lb bag.

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