how much live sand for a 5.5 gallon tank?

  1. t

    the peacock gudgeon Valued Member Member

    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 cooker

    Lobster cooker Valued Member Member

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

    PuffPuff Well Known Member Member

    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. LiterallyHydro

    LiterallyHydro Well Known Member Member

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

    the peacock gudgeon Valued Member Member

    Decided on about an inch and a half

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  6. AquaticBrandon

    AquaticBrandon Well Known Member Member

    That's a good amount


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  7. J

    JimTheFishGuy Well Known Member Member

    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.