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50% live sand, 50% unlive sand?

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50% live sand, 50% unlive sand?
Old 01-30-2007, 07:45 PM   #1
 
50% live sand, 50% unlive sand?

Would i be able to have 50% live sand and 50% unlive sand to save money yet still have live sand? The live sand should seed the unlive sand so im sure it wouldnt be that bad....
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Old 01-30-2007, 08:06 PM   #2
 
With a nano just get a bag of live sand. you wouldnt be saving any money, seeing how I dont know a LFS that would sell you just enough live sand to fill the nano. THey come in 25lb bags.
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Old 01-30-2007, 08:09 PM   #3
 
ok then.....
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Old 01-30-2007, 08:13 PM   #4
 
Man i would never buy this crap. All it is is some sand with some bacteria in it.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2004+113554
If you want a true live sand this is the stuff you need.
http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...pcatid=403&N=0
But i wouldent buy it anyway. All the goods are already coming with your lr so if the little critters in your rock want to live in your sand, they will.
I just think live sand is a rippof.
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Old 01-30-2007, 08:38 PM   #5
 
well since one says its fine, the other says its not, i will go with 50/50 lol, and isnt live rock bacteria different from live sand bacteria?
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Old 01-31-2007, 08:48 AM   #6
 
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Man i would never buy this crap. All it is is some sand with some bacteria in it.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Produc...&N=2004+113554
If you want a true live sand this is the stuff you need.
http://www.liveaquaria.com/product/p...pcatid=403&N=0
But i wouldent buy it anyway. All the goods are already coming with your lr so if the little critters in your rock want to live in your sand, they will.
I just think live sand is a rippof.
You are the first person to say that about live sand, live sand is very good along with the live rock. What is the difference between the second and first. They both contain the bacteria to make it live. Like you said with the first all it is, is sand with live stuff in it.
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Old 01-31-2007, 02:03 PM   #7
 
I want to see some proof that a tank with live rock and live sand is any better than another tank with live rock and plain argonite sand. If you let your tank age for a few months with lr and regular sand, wont that sand be live sand? And Even if there are good stuff in ls that arent in lr could you just take a cup of ls and mix it in with normal sand?
all im saying is i wana see some proof, i dont see any benifits in using ls over regular sand.
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Old 01-31-2007, 02:29 PM   #8
 
When I started my tank I mixed regular argonite with live sand(50/50) to save money. For the nano you can in fact buy plain argonite and then take a cup of live sand and seed the argonite. But were are you just going to find a cup of live sand. I dont know a LFS that will give a cup to everyone that ask.
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Old 01-31-2007, 03:31 PM   #9
 
it would be better if you just went out and bought the bag of live sand.
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Old 01-31-2007, 03:35 PM   #10
 
ok then you people win, but i will try asking for a cup lol. Heres a opinion question, what color sand brings out the color in the clownfish to you? I kinda like brownish white sand rather than black but what would look nice with a clown?
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