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post #1 of 5 Old 12-27-2008, 02:09 PM Thread Starter
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a good substatute

i curently have a 20 gallon salt water aqaurium and i'm getting a 5o gallon. i'm using a good crushed coral skeliton substrate but it won't be enough for a 50 gallon obviously, so i'm gonna need something else however the crushed coral substrate is kinda expensive so i thought i could mix it with regular sand or just use gravle. i am also having another problem about my tank that i need help on in another section so if you can help with that please give me your opinion
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post #2 of 5 Old 12-27-2008, 04:58 PM
FOWLR or reef?

Aragonite sand is the ideal, but can be somewhat costly. "Regular" sand will also turn live over time. I have also seen people use play sand in their reefs, and if you are looking to save money it would be best ($4 for 50lbs).
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post #3 of 5 Old 12-27-2008, 05:28 PM
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Don't use crushed coral, it traps the bad stuff in. Cody's dead on though.

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post #4 of 5 Old 12-31-2008, 06:08 AM
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I have also seen people use play sand in their reefs, and if you are looking to save money it would be best ($4 for 50lbs).
Be careful with this, Play sand can be high in Silicates

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post #5 of 5 Old 01-01-2009, 07:22 PM
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Ditto Austin's comments.
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