Live Sand Questions

NaturalGothic

Hi guys!
I plan to do a 10 gallon salt water tank with 1Lbs well cycled live rock. For a filter, I’m gonna do either a 30 or 50 gallon HOB filter. I’ll also be buying RO saltwater and I plan to keep roughly 3 fish with 2-3 inverts. (I listed what I plan to stock below)
My question is this: Is live sand truly a must have when starting a new saltwater tank? The only bags available to me weigh double what I need for a 10 gallon tank. Plus, it’s $40. I’m not complaining about price, I just don’t know if I can keep live sand alive after it’s been opened. Does it really make that much of a difference?

Stocking list:
1. Sm. true clownfish
2. Yellow clown goby
3. Turbo snail
4. Halloween hermit crab
5. Sm. bubble tip anemone
 

MrBryan723

With the live rock and good care while cycling the tank, live sand isn't needed. If it's even still alive after sitting in a bag for who knows how long. Thats a pretty decent bioload in a pretty small tank so it might be worth investing in a protine skimmer as well.
 
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NaturalGothic

With the live rock and good care while cycling the tank, live sand isn't needed. If it's even still alive after sitting in a bag for who knows how long. Thats a pretty decent bioload in a pretty small tank so it might be worth investing in a protine skimmer as well.

I’ll defiantly look into it. Also, the list I have isn’t everything I plan to put in right away. To start, I’m gonna get a clownfish, a Halloween hermit, and a turbo snail. Eventually, I’ll add in the rest but not right away.

I work with saltwater aquariums everyday but this is my first personal saltwater tank. I’m really excited but I’m also worried I’m going to screw up lol
 
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CannonsFish

I would also recommend a couple of snails instead of just one.
 
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