Do I have to use aragonite sand?

joem1cha3l

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Looking at getting some sand here this week and looking at my options...Do I have to use aragonite sand or can any type of sand be used? I have a 30 gallon tank, roughly how much sand do i need for a few fish, soft and LPS coral?
 

bertoni

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Aragonite sand is not necessary, although I think it provides a nice look. Depending on the animals you want to keep, you might not need any sand at all. A 1" bed for looks should be fine, for that matter.
 

Aquarist007

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<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=12222730#post12222730 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by joem1cha3l
can I use standard filtered play sand?

your sand base and live rock for the biological filtration for your tank. I would buy good quality live rock and a good argonite for the substrate. For a 30 gal the little bit you save might come back some day and be harder to remove.
 

seanb1

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for a 30 gal tank it would only take 1 bag anyways unless your going for a dsb.

for the job that arrgonite sand does and its relative cheap cost i wouldnt skimp in that area.

approximately 20 bucks, not so bad.
 

bertoni

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I don't think the sandbed is going to do much filtration, especially in that size tank. Silica sands are fine for live sand, in any case.
 

bertoni

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Aragonite doesn't do any significant buffering. It won't dissolve until the pH is very low. I have aragonite in all my tanks, and I still have to dose a buffer.
 

sjm817

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<a href=showthread.php?s=&postid=12224951#post12224951 target=_blank>Originally posted</a> by joem1cha3l
Will one 30 lb. bag work for my 29 g tank for a 1" sand bed do you think?
Yes, with some left over.
 
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