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maxthedog2000
03-07-2016, 08:54 PM
I want to cycle with live sand and rock. My understanding is that I need approx 1 lb of sand per 1 gal of water? I found... Carib Sea Ocean Direct 40lb for 37$ any thoughts or suggestions on this or know a local dealer I can get live sand from for a similar price? Here is a link to it on Amazon... Carib Sea ACS00940 Ocean Direct Natural Live Sand for Aquarium, 40-Pound https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000YJMYPG/ref=cm_sw_r_other_awd_f5J3wbDKPGQZA

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maxthedog2000
03-07-2016, 09:28 PM
And by "cuddle" I mean cycle. Sorry can't figure out how to edit my original post.

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Levi
03-07-2016, 11:16 PM
Got it fixed for you. I don't buy love sand anymore as I feel it's a waste. I would get the dry version and then take a raw shrimp in panty hose in the tank for a week or so.

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maxthedog2000
03-07-2016, 11:25 PM
Ok any recommendation on a dry sand?

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Levi
03-07-2016, 11:30 PM
The carib sea is good, I did dry Fiji pink for another build and felt that although I liked the color it was too fine. I wish I had gotten a more coarse sand since my tangs like to dig and my sanded is ever shifting and I worry it may topple my rocks at some point.

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maxthedog2000
03-07-2016, 11:34 PM
Ok, I have already been thinking I want a more coarse grain. If I'm understanding the oolite is a very fine grain and gets blown around a lot, is that correct?

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Levi
03-07-2016, 11:37 PM
http://www.caribsea.com/caribsea_aragonite.html

Flamingo Reef is what I would considering doing the next tank build I do

maxthedog2000
03-08-2016, 12:00 AM
http://www.caribsea.com/caribsea_aragonite.html

Flamingo Reef is what I would considering doing the next tank build I do
Ok, good calculation of 1lb per gal roughly?

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Levi
03-08-2016, 12:02 AM
All depends on how deep you want it but yeah that's a good estimate

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marcslove
03-08-2016, 01:36 PM
I am cycling right now. I am using Caribsea seaflor, pretty coarse, which is what I wanted. A pound per gallon is usually ok, but I've noticed with a shallow I need more due to larger surface area.

Levi
03-08-2016, 02:34 PM
Good point

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Coral Xpressions
03-08-2016, 03:41 PM
It all comes down to asthetics. How u want it to look. If there was an actual requirement then bare bottom tanks wouldn't exist