Redsea reef base substrate

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  1. nanomania

    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    Im plannung on redsea reef base, confused as in which to buy and howmuch. They have live and dry substrate, ocean white and pink. Ocean white is very fine (0.25mm to 1mm) and pink (0.5mm to 1.5mm)

    Which would be better? Also i want 1.5" layer for my 54x24x24. How do i calculate? Is there any calculator for it? i cud only find carbsea sand and normal sand calculators.
     
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  3. REEFerMADNESS88

    REEFerMADNESS88 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    marine depot has a sand depth calculator in their substrate section. I always go with live sand to cut down on cycle time, as for grain size just keep in mind while finer sand looks really nice the slightly larger grains are easier to clean. if you are going only 1.5 inch i would say go the larger pink. Fine sand is good for a deep sand bed (4-5") as it harbors more anaerobic bacteria(for removing nitrate). so it all kinda depends
     
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    REEFerMADNESS88 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    marine depot has a sand depth calculator in their substrate section. I always go with live sand to cut down on cycle time, as for grain size just keep in mind while finer sand looks really nice the slightly larger grains are easier to clean. if you are going only 1.5 inch i would say go the larger pink. Fine sand is good for a deep sand bed (4-5") as it harbors more anaerobic bacteria(for removing nitrate). so it all kinda depends
     
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    Armydog Astrea Snail

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    I used the calculator on marinedepot.com and it was spot on
     
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    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    I selected fine when I did mine
     
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  9. nanomania

    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    Ill be going with pink, i guess they sell 10kg bags, so ill buy 5. Also whats better live or normal? Wudnt live be all wet and qty might be less too.
     
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    If you have someone in your area thats willing to give you a cup or 2 of their sand then you can go ahead and get dry sand otherwise imo I'd get live sand.

    Not 100% sure if there is less or not but I have always gotten live sand for my new setups then added a bacteria to the water to help speed up the cycle
     
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    civiccars2003 Great Blue Whale

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    Why are you changing out your sand bed?
     
  12. nanomania

    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    Not chaging, im going for a new tank, so will need new