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50% live sand, 50% unlive sand?

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50% live sand, 50% unlive sand?
Old 01-31-2007, 03:42 PM   #11
I only know of one color sand!
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Old 01-31-2007, 03:44 PM   #12
well there is only one color live sand...all the colored stuff is fake.
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Old 01-31-2007, 03:57 PM   #13
so... what color is it lol, pinkish white?
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Old 01-31-2007, 04:41 PM   #14
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I have to disagree about the colors. If you go to the Caribsea web site (where TR is getting some of his ideas from as I sent him there eons ago), colored sand is mixed from different areas of the world. It's the coloration from the dead crushed coral skeletons. It comes in different shades from grey to pink. Not to mention that you can get a natural black sand but it's not recommended for salt tanks. It will however make yoru colros "pop".

Live sand in a bag is a nice product. Combined with live rock and clean water you can pretty much begin adding critters to your tank in a few days instead of a few weeks. It begins the cycling process immediately and hte bacteria quickly colonize a new tank. My LFS sells live sand from their tanks for $1.50 a pound. Several of my local shops keep 200g tanks with a 8" bed so that they can scoop it out when needed. It's dry carab sea aragonite mixed with old sand so it continuously is being seeded. A really nice deal and only a dedicated shop would do somethign like that, fortunately I have 6 shops within 8 miles to chose from that take these steps for us. For a nano I'd get a bag of dry aragonite and then bum a cup or 2 off from a LFS or friends tank to "seed" it. Tr is on the right track that if you place quality LR in the tank that even dry sand will quickly become "live sand".
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Old 12-27-2007, 06:59 PM   #15
Why would anyone buy live sand, if you can get a cup of sand from a live aquarium assuming that it is safe from disease? .. From my reading you use this established sand to seed your own substrate with bacteria to speed up the cycling process.
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Old 12-28-2007, 08:50 AM   #16
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Because you can cycle the tank much faster, so is the claim. It's a debated theory but the claim is that your ENTIRE sand bed is ready to go from day one. One of my LFS stands behind it enough that if you buy a tank, enough "live sand in a bag" and premixed water, they will send you home with fish on day one and guarantee they make it. I don't agree with it myself but it's their policy. What if you feel isolated as a hobbyist and don't feel like there are any tanks near you? What if you live in the country and MUST order everything to be shipped in? What if you are just getting into the hobby and don't realize that you could buy a pound of display sand (All of my LFS open bags of aragonite and keep them in 50g tanks seeded and ready to go. It costs $0.25 a lb more) and use that to slowly seed your tank? There are reasons why this is a decent product, there are just as many reasons not to buy it.
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