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    Sand or Arogonite

    Is there any disadvantage of using sand for substrate instead of arogonite?

    Feeding on info.

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    lots of people use Bo-mix play sand aswell as South down playsand.. Pros.. nice and fine, great for diggers..

    arogonite. supposed to be good for PH buffering.. (works for me) aswell as being in many available sizes of substrate.

    thats all i can think off..

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    I mix both of them together
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    spend the cash, get the real stuff from your local.
    BOmix looks ugly after some time. I use a mixture of southdown and CARIBSEA. different grains sizes looks more natural.
    small tank won't cost you more than $50 to fill.

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    oh yeah the worst thing is regretting your substrate and then force yousself to take everything down to put what you really want....beleive me ive done it one my 150 and i wasnt too happy about it
    Derik...

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    If you can fit it into your budget use Arogonite. It is available in different grade sizes including grain sizes close to that of sand. The sugar fine is about 26 bucks for 15 pounds.
    Rob

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    Johnny, when you say it looks ugly.. what do you mean ? coloration changes ? as for the corals any ill effects ?

    you guys are making me rethink my sand i bought at rona on Marivale.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    IMO you should use Arogonite as the substrate in your setup. Using sand becomes very attractive when you start looking at needing several hundred pounds of the stuff because it is not cheap. Even if you only needed 150 pounds that's 10 15 pound bags at 26 bucks a bag = 260 plus taxes and many don't want to spend that much on the substrate. For myself I consider the substrate to be as important as the water that will go into the tank. Some think Arogonite is not necessary because there will be several hundred pounds of rock in the tank as well. I don't believe this is a valid line of thinking because crushed coral sand will present far more surface area to the water then the rock that also goes into the tank. When it's all said and done..... IMO ....use Arogonite if you can.
    Rob

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    thx for the clarification.. I already have 3bags of aragonite here. but they are the big bags bought @ big alls.. they are alot more then 15lbs as they are very hard to carry.. they look like those bags used to carry oat/wheat from the farms.. must be 25kg easy. you know the bags i'm talking about ?
    I do not want a deep sand bed.. possibly 3 to 5 inch depending on spot. if they are 25kg, how many more do I need ? 5 ? i think they were 50$ about...if i remember correctly.

    moving.. so temporarily out of SW :b8:
    planning next tank, possibly 60x30x20 on 2x plasma.
    updated: 2011/05/30

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    I agree with what everyone has said...arogonite is the way to go. I have both and I would change the sand out if I could.
    James...

    "Knowing is half the battle!" ~ G.I. JOE

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