what sand should i use?

Discussion in 'Substrates' started by melovefish, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. melovefishValued MemberMember

    Im starting a my first saltwater aqaurium, and I was wondering what type of sand or substrate I should use. Like th live sand or somthing im truly a starter here I honestly know anything about what type to get. The differentces or how they help. I NOW NOTHING! so any info is great!
  2. fishaddictionValued MemberMember

    Fine coral is good but what fish do you want because it can very on their needs.
  3. EiennaFishlore VIPMember

    Before you even worry about that, you really should learn about the nitrogen cycle and cycling your tank. That's a far more important factor than which sand you choose.

    That said, "live" sand and rock (with microorganisms living in it) is a good thing for a SW tank. The organisms, mainly bacteria (I believe) help break down wastes.
  4. llfishWell Known MemberMember

    Definately research a tonne before starting. I used a mixed of fine argonite sand, live sand and a small bag of crushed coral.