Aquarium gravel in saltwater setup???

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    TreyGiles Valued Member Member

    Live sand and crushed coral is so expensive it could make my head spin. Can
    I afford it? Yes I can, however I was wondering if I could use standard aquarium gravel (much cheaper) in my saltwater setup. Take note I will be using a FOWLR system...
  2. K

    Kerber23 Valued Member Member

    The crushed coral helps buffer PH :/ i dont know about using gavel. All the tanks ive seen havee had crushed coral
  3. harpua2002

    harpua2002 Fishlore VIP Member

    I'd recommend dry aragonite sand. You'll have to rinse it, but it's much cheaper than live sand. Crushed coral can trap detritus and become a nitrate nightmare, and I'd imagine the same would go for gravel.
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    Peterpiper Well Known Member Member

    Or just go BB, you could go down the beach and get the sand, filter it, boil it and use it.
    Just make sure its from a good area with no pollution.
    Kerber23 is spot on with the ph, but if you have enough LR and a skimmer the PH will remain spot on.
  5. Aquarist

    Aquarist Fishlore Legend Member

    Good morning!:animal0068:I have moved your thread from General Discussion to the Saltwater/substrate section of the forum. I think this will help you to get more responses from salt members.
    Ken :cold: