how much live sand for a 5.5 gallon tank?

Discussion in 'Substrates' started by the peacock gudgeon, Jul 3, 2015.

  1. the peacock gudgeonValued MemberMember

    How much live sand for a 5.5 gallon tank?

    long story i was walking into my local fish supply store and i saw they were getting rid of all the salt water supplies.
    they had no live rock left so i had no choice but to get a 20 pound bag of live sand and one pound of dead and dry reef rock. i already have 3 ish pounds of live rock but no sand. how much sand should i use? pounds and inches of depth plz.
  2. Lobster cookerValued MemberMember

    You don't need much live sand some people don't even have sand! I would shoot for about an inch of sand.
  3. PuffPuffWell Known MemberMember

    As much (or little) as you want to. There's no firm rule.
    Unless you're using an undergravel filter, about 5 pounds should be enough to cover the bottom.
  4. LiterallyHydroWell Known MemberMember

    No more than an inch if you're not going deep sand bed, which is not reasonable in that size tank.
  5. the peacock gudgeonValued MemberMember

    Decided on about an inch and a half

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  6. AquaticBrandonWell Known MemberMember

    That's a good amount

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  7. JimTheFishGuyWell Known MemberMember

    None! Bare bottom tanks seem to be much easier. You can have more water flow, and you can see fish waste. Plus, it's much easier to siphon since there's no sand.

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