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zachhay11 07-30-2009 03:03 PM

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???

Cody 07-30-2009 08:47 PM


zachhay11 07-30-2009 09:51 PM

salt water. 65 gallons

Cody 07-31-2009 12:23 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.

zachhay11 07-31-2009 11:54 AM

ok, i'll deffinantly give some thought to live sand.

wake49 07-31-2009 03:34 PM

You can buy base sand for half the price: Dr Foster & Smith

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

Cody 07-31-2009 09:26 PM

I personally use medium-grained aragonite. I love it.

zachhay11 08-03-2009 10:56 AM

i like wake49's idea

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