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my5girls
10/04/2017, 11:13 AM
What kind of sand should I use to start my 125 gallon, fish and live rock to start with. Its 72x18x18. How many pounds for a shallow sand bed? There are so many types out there. Does it make a difference?

thearsalan1
10/04/2017, 11:21 AM
I just went with about 140lb Carib Sea special grade for my 210g. Itís the same footprint as your tank. This grain size tends to be ideal as itís small enough for gobys to sift, pods to swim through, but not too small that it gets blown around your tank much. I found it a good balance between cosmetics and functionality.


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thearsalan1
10/04/2017, 11:22 AM
Sorry wrong foot print actually, mine is 24Ē deep, so youíd probably want 100lb or so


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mcgyvr
10/04/2017, 11:25 AM
Another vote for carib sea special grade (dry) sand.. rinsed well in tap water (garden hose right in the bag works well.. rinse till mostly clear)
Sand bed calculator here..
http://www.reefcentral.com/index.php/sand-bed-calculator (use 60-70 lbs per cubic foot)

I usually shoot for 2" depth..

I used 80lbs of that sand for a 48x24" tank 2" depth..

my5girls
10/04/2017, 11:38 AM
I just went with about 140lb Carib Sea special grade for my 210g. Itís the same footprint as your tank. This grain size tends to be ideal as itís small enough for gobys to sift, pods to swim through, but not too small that it gets blown around your tank much. I found it a good balance between cosmetics and functionality.


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Im probably 1-2 weeks out from filing the tank. Should I wait to order it until I am ready to fill the tank? Will it hurt to go ahead and order and have it sit in the bags for a couple weeks?

Tikosyn
10/04/2017, 11:56 AM
I haven't started my tank yet but I went with 120 lbs of tropic eden miniflakes for 160g 72x24x24 tank. It'll be sitting in bags from wherever you buy it from so makes no difference if it sits in bags at your house until you use it, ordered mine two months ago and won't use it for another month once my build gets started.

nereefpat
10/04/2017, 12:11 PM
Will it hurt to go ahead and order and have it sit in the bags for a couple weeks?

No. Go ahead and order it. I would get dry instead of "live". It will have an infinite shelf life.

my5girls
10/04/2017, 02:32 PM
No. Go ahead and order it. I would get dry instead of "live". It will have an infinite shelf life.

any sites for it? All sites I have found say live......

nereefpat
10/04/2017, 03:28 PM
first google hit: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=7326