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post #1 of 8 Old 07-30-2009, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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live sand substatute

hey guys i need a good substrate for my tank but i think live sand is a little expensive. can i use playground sand? and if not is there any good safe substatute???
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post #3 of 8 Old 07-30-2009, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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salt water. 65 gallons
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post #4 of 8 Old 07-31-2009, 01:23 AM
You can use playsand. However, I wouldn't recommend it at all. It has a large amount of silicates, which means a lot of diatoms, and it is very light and cloudy, which means it can float through the tank and screw up powerheads and the like. And it doesn't look very natural.
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post #5 of 8 Old 07-31-2009, 12:54 PM Thread Starter
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ok, i'll deffinantly give some thought to live sand.
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post #6 of 8 Old 07-31-2009, 04:34 PM
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You can buy base sand for half the price: Dr Foster & Smith

Add a little live sand to seed it, and there you go!

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post #7 of 8 Old 07-31-2009, 10:26 PM
I personally use medium-grained aragonite. I love it.
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post #8 of 8 Old 08-03-2009, 11:56 AM Thread Starter
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i like wake49's idea
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