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Live sand is a waste of money. How much stuff do you think survives in a bag on the shelf for weeks....not much, save your money and go with a quality dry aragonite sand, or crushed coral. If you plan on having a DSB I would go with aragonite sand, so that you will be able to use sand sifters to help keep it clean.
 

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Your fish could care less (unless you have a sand sifting species). Like they said, live sand is a waste of money. Crushed coral tends to collect and trap detritus. Go with dry aragonite sand, it's the best all around choice.
 

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Agreed the live stuff is a joke...CC is too coarse and is a PITA IMO...go for a good fine aragonite...it looks the most natural too IMO.
 

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Wow,

Just hanging around and read this post. Im starting a new 210 g reef tank and need a lot of sand, thought I had to spend a fortune on live sand because of the LFS advice. Thanks everybody this helped a lot.

Bill :read:
 

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Don't buy live sand, or if you must, buy the smallest bag and for the rest use dry aragonite sand you can buy at Home Depot (or your LFS) for pennies a pound. When I moved my 135-gallone across the state recently, I bought tons of dry sand and one small bag of live sand to start the seeding process faster - it works great and was fairly cheap to do.

HHC
 

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What about adding live sand to crushed coral? I have a 12 gal tank and I set it up for just fish but want to add corals and LR to the tank. I have never heard of a reef with cc in it but would it be ok to add live sand to it or would it make a bad mix?
 

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It would be a bad mix. If you have a CC substrate now, and want to add sand to it, remove the CC first then add the sand.
 
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