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I was thinking of setting up a 10 gallon reef and wondering if I need live sand, or if I could just have Dead sand and Live rock. I would be using biological filtration only. Thanks for help.

Edited by kimotherapy, 03 April 2012 - 08:18 PM.


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Live rock will do fine with regular sand. The rock will "seed" it with life. :)
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Sand vs gravel or even nothing is all an opinion thing

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Thanks for the help and quick answers people, I think i'll be going with some non-live sand.

Edited by kimotherapy, 03 April 2012 - 09:11 PM.


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Rinse the dead sand well before place it in your tank.

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Got it, but if I may ask why?

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Got it, but if I may ask why?


Because it's likely loaded with a lot of dirt and other bits that you don't want in your tank.

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Because it's likely loaded with a lot of dirt and other bits that you don't want in your tank.

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I even sifted my live sand to get out undesireable large chunks of shell or gravel

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okay, thanks for the help

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Also, where should i buy the dead sand would a big brand pet store like petsmart be okay or no.

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you want the correct grain size.make sure u buy sand not silica start with 1 to 1 1/2 inches.you dont want dusty sand.look for water in the bag
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I love tropic eden sand which you can find at premium aquatics. Been using it for YEARS!

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If its only a 10 gallon tank I would probably buy new sand.
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