Redsea reef base substrate

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  1. nanomania

    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    Well i keep liverock rubble in a media bag in my sump, so tht will help.. live comes wet i think..
     
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  3. Vinnyboombatz

    Vinnyboombatz Giant Squid

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    Live comes wet.When using wet sand you will have to add the sand after the sw.If you buy premixed sw anyway you are good but mixing sw needs to be done before adding it or in a seperate container .Adding sand to an almost full aquarium can be done but it will cloud the water a little more and you need to account for the ammount of sand added with the volume of the tank..I usually add the live sand first(no rinsing just open the bag and dump).Then I fill a Brute garbage can with fw mix salt thoroughly then add it to the DT.You made a good choice with the pink as ime it is a good average grain size.Too fine a sand will cause the snowglobe effect with powerheads.Most sand will blow around to some extent at first but as the "soup" thickens it will get more adhesive.
     
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  4. nanomania

    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    Pink reef base is 0.5mm to 1.5mm.. they say to rinse dry sand.. live sand by red sea is basicaly artifical bacteria or straight from sea?
     
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    Vinnyboombatz Giant Squid

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    Live sand has bacteria added.Dry sand should be rinsed.
     
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    REEFerMADNESS88 Spanish Shawl Nudibranch

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    i second the use of live sand and yes it will always be wet
     
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    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    Means i guess ill get lesser qty and both state 10kg
     
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  9. Piano10

    Piano10 Aiptasia Anemone

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    Livesand hands down. No need to rinse it, just add it, thrn add water.

    I would also go for the larger grain sand. The very fine sand blows around easily with the powerheads and its very difficult to vacuum without removing it.
     
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    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    Pink base is bigger then ocean white
     
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    nanomania Vagabond Butterfly

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    How is caribsea argonite?

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  12. Bruce

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    The pink is a great sand, I'm a big fan of it. You can for sure go 100% live/wet sand, that's what I did. It does tend to be a little cheaper to buy dry sand and then seed it with a small amount of live sand, though if you go this route you have to make sure to RISE THE HECK OUT OF IT, as it will be very dusty.