What substrate :-?

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  1. ZaxXx

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    Crushed coral or play sand???
    Hmmmmmmmm :please: :001_unsure:
     
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  3. IMarine

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    hey bra use caribsea aragonite its by far the best
     
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    for the display? aragonite if you want the nice white look other than that use play sand
     
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    See here:
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    That's just about everything I have to say about choosing a marine substrate. ;)
     
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    GOSH!!! aroganite is CRAZY expensive!:cuss::arghh:
    and i hear its really fine so it blows around too much sometimes. . . is this true?
     
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    WOW thats alot of intersting and important info! Thanks:bigthumbup:
     
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    Caribsea aragonite it shall be for me...
     
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    now that's a great decision, Caribsea, special grade seaflor reef sand 1mm-2mm is absolutely worth it. Reggies is cheap, but will never offer what aragonite can offer.
    Good choice! :thumbup:
     
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    Yes Goby caribsea aragonite by far the best,no time in this hobby for second best,it will catch up some time,i always say to my clients if you cannot afford it rather save up and do it right
     
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    Try and use a fine crushed coral. Play sand has a pretty small particle size and it gets blown everywhere, but alot of guys use it :)
     
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    second that, if you are going marines then spending money its gonna be. there is no doubt about that. and by no means do i say that reggies don't work but i have used both and can say that aragonite is by far the best. I would say its the 2nd backbone to a great reef system. 1st would be premium quality live rock!
     
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    Theres nothing wrong with fine crushed coral :)
     
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    Depends on what you're using it for. If you have a fish only tank, crushed coral is fine (and probably easier) than sand. If you want to keep a reef aquarium, I think sand is better. But you don't have to keep the sand in the display, you can keep it in a large-ish refugium.
     
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    Great thanks!

    So reef = sand preferred!
     
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    ...or use mud like me...
     
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    can you please explain why?
     
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    I gotta say, I got the fiji pink aragonite, slightly courser ( and I mean slightly) than sugar fine, great buy IMO...
     
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    Well, I had crushed coral in my V1 tank, and its not that nice.

    Firstly is where it comes from - after seeing the news article about the corals being removed and then crushed - never again! was so sad :(

    Crushed coral can be found in almost the same size as Aragonite Special Sea floor grade, that could work, but it has a darker brownish colour to it, and it does weigh less, so wavemakers/pump tend to move it around.

    The normal 40 kg bags of crushed coral is 3-6/7 mm bits, not that good as you will have gunk (detritus) settle in the substrate.

    If you can get aragonite - I went with the special sea floor grade and it was worth it - not only does it look nice, my LS can also clean it, and gunk/waste settles on top, not deeper down.

    If budget restrains you from this - get good quality play sand. Reggies or a simular place should be ok, even some garden centres. The sand should be pre-washed - almost white brown colour.

    I had to wash my sand so many times to get it clean enough, quality was not that good - so look for the best pre-wahsed you can find.

    another option is real sea floor sand - low tide mark you should collect about 4/5 meters in...
     
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