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mjs0420 06-20-2013 12:52 PM

how much sand
Do I need for a 155 gal tank? Switching from gravel.

jaysee 06-20-2013 12:56 PM

I used two 50 lb bags of pool filter sand in my 125.

smit3183 06-20-2013 12:57 PM


Originally Posted by mjs0420 (Post 2364426)
Do I need for a 155 gal tank? Switching from gravel.

150lbs of sand would do.

rexpepper651 06-20-2013 01:23 PM

yes one pound per gallon usually is the case. enough for 1.5 inches of sand. i used a 50lb bag of pool filter sand in my 55

jaysee 06-20-2013 01:41 PM

You'll need more sand if you want to put plants in it than if you don't. One pound per gallon is an okay guideline. However, it does not take into account the dimensions of the tank. For example, a 110 gallon tank does not need any more substrate than a 75 gallon, since they have the same footprint.

mjs0420 06-20-2013 03:33 PM

Cool, thx for your help. I do plan on putting in live plants, so I guess ill wait to see what it looks.

Byron 06-20-2013 03:57 PM

I used two bags (25kg, 55 lbs) of play sand for my 115g which is 5 feet by 1.5 feet substrate surface. The sand is about 2.5 to 3 inches overall depth, and this is adequate for plants.

Sanguinefox 06-20-2013 04:08 PM

150 pounds will do well enough. However if doing a planted set up, go ahead and get the extra 50 to equal 200 pounds worth.

BackInAction 06-21-2013 10:19 AM

I have 100 pounds of play sand(that i hate.i should've used beach sand instead like i did in my other tanks in the past) in a 90 gallon .Base is about 2- 3 inches high with one sword plant and about 8 little bushes of dwarf hair grass that keeps growing like crazy..

try one bag out of the time, if that don't look good, try the 2nd bag,if that dont look good try 2 and a half bags

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