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Could NOT find the famous Southdown sand that ALL talk about anywhere here in Florida. I went up North to NC for a little R&R and stoped by a Home Depot and Low and behold, I found the sand thats worth its weight in GOLD up in them Hills of NC.....:drool: So I brought a few bags back home with me.:D I thought my truck sucked gas down on the way up, after loading her up with 16 bags (800lbs worth.) of sand, it cost a fortune to bring it back home...*LOL* I figured I bring enough back for my future 300gal dream tank...*LOL*LOL*
 

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I didn't know you could put that in reef tanks. It is for the tank isn't it? With me everything is about the reef tank.
 

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Thats all they talked about using in a Reef tank in here and in other forums. Some member on TRT paid $45.00 for 3 bags of the sand ..Ouch. After looking at the amount of gas I used, that might be what I have invested in mine..*LOL*
 

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That's what I have in mine; I think I've got about 130lbs in my 75g.

It looks really good, but it's super fine so it seems to blow around easy (it really does becuase it's so new).
 

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theplatypus, I could not even find it here at my LFS.:( I guess when you pay $15.00 a bag and you only need 2-3 bags for your average tank, its not bad after paying out the nose for the rest of the reef tank equiptment. At $15.00 a bag, that may have been the least costly expense for the tank.....:D :funny:

afbengochea, Im here in the Tampa bay area. I wish I would have know before going up North.....:)

saltwater_wannabe, YOU are correct about it blowing around. Its SUPER fine sand. I have no fish in my tank right now, still going through its cycle period. I bet the fish stir it up when they get startled...Reef Tank Sand Storms....:funny:
 

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When I was doing some research on getting my tank started. Most people were going/switching to Southdown sand and getting away from the crushed coral. They were talking about how it was better for sand sifting creatures and fish. I must say, its on the very fine side and it does blow around if you have any kind of water current hitting it. I could not really find anything bad people were saying about Southdown sand. There was more bad talk about crushed coral thats why I went with Southdown sand.:thumbup:
 

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VWD said:
You all like that sand?
Southdown was the holy grail of substrates for quite a while with the advent of Deep Sand Beds. Thye reason is that its aragonite sugar sized sand.
Sand storms are a problem with oolitic sand but in time the grains get coated with biofilms that help keep it in place. Needless to say its not going to work in a tank setup as an SPS Jacuzzi
 

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Doug1, You stated "Southdown was the holy grail of substrates for quite a while." What is the holy grail now? Is the SD sand still popular? I hope so....:)
 

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I really like it so far. The critters that I scavenged from my old Crushed Coral are already burrowing little tunnels everywhere and it seems that I already have some Nitrogen being stored for there are little gas bubbles starting to develop in the bottom inch or two. It's only been in my tank for 3 weeks, but it seems to be doing it's job.

I a little scared to siphon it for my first water change; go a little too deep with the hose and you'll have half of the sand bed in the bucket. :D
 

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Scuba Dan said:
Doug1, You stated "Southdown was the holy grail of substrates for quite a while." What is the holy grail now? Is the SD sand still popular? I hope so....:)
The holy grail would have to goto BB tanks. No substrate at all.

South Down sand will work for your tank.


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Ive seen a few BB tanks and I personaly dont care for the looks if it. (Just my opinion, please dont shoot me...:) ) It looks so unnatural and I thought the point of a reef tank was to simulate the natural ocean floor. Like I stated, its just how I look at it. NOTHING against you wonderful people who use the BB method:) ....I dont want to cause any waves here..:D
Reef-On..........:beer:
 

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Scuba Dan said:
I thought the point of a reef tank was to simulate the natural ocean floor.
That is exactly where we differ, you hit it on the head. I think the point of a reef tank is to simulate a reef crest.

Different methods for different goals is all.

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I agree with You, It is up to You and what pleases You. But If You where to look at my BB I bet You would like it, It's really hard to tell it is a BB, The way I laid out the rock and all. Only about 3 inches of BB is showing and it is all purple and I place clams,corals and shroom along it. Even my wife likes it and she likes sandbeds
 
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