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I put 80 lbs in my 180 gallon tank. 40 lbs in the 90.
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How thick is the substrate in your 90gal with 40 lbs?

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Pool filter sand is cheap and easy to clean before putting it into your tank. It does get removed when cleaning the substrate but is easily replaced. As you might have guessed I am not into spending money on something that is really not that important.

Just my 2 cents.
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Im using fine sand from quickrete $5 from Home Depot, it's around the concrete section, just was it a few times and u got white fine sand! Looks pretty good up against white background !
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I like the special grade aragonite reef sand that is 1-2mm not the sugar sized that is 0.1-1mm. The latter becomes a hassle with my filters and maintenance. The special grade still looks nice, it doesn't blow everywhere, it doesn't get sucked up into my filters, and it doesn't take forever to settle when adding it. I will admit the sugar sized looks neat aesthetically; however, it becomes too much of a hassle for my taste. I like being able to put my intakes 2inches or less off the bottom for a good sweep of the tank
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How thick is the substrate in your 90gal with 40 lbs?

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About 1.5". on average. The move it around.
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I don't like sand as it has a tendency to choke out if not properly cleaned and that can cause toix gas buildups. Just like in Salt tanks.

If someone is going to use it... Best method is to remove all rocks once a month (optimally), shut off filteration and scopletely stir up the rntire bed of sand. This will put all of the built up organic solid waste and put it into the water column, Ulitmately to settle on the surface. THEN it can be vacuum much easier by hovering over the surface fo the sand. repalce water, let sand settle and fire the filtration back up.
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Carib-Sea cichlid substrate mix is the best of of both worlds, it has aragonite and crushed pebbles, not fine like sand, and a great buffer for ph and hardness. IMO my fish deserve the best, and I can get 50lb bags locally for under $40. I use it in my 150gl tropheus, and then some carib- sea black and white cichlid mix in my 75gl with WC White Calvus. it vacuums easily and I have no problems with it getting into the filters, however I do use a pre filter sponge on the intakes. I spent my money early on long before I had my Tropheus to prepare for them. remember Tropheus are not your commoners and deserve the best if it can be obtained. hope my babbling has helped some
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Carib-Sea cichlid substrate mix is the best of of both worlds, it has aragonite and crushed pebbles, not fine like sand, and a great buffer for ph and hardness. IMO my fish deserve the best, and I can get 50lb bags locally for under $40. I use it in my 150gl tropheus, and then some carib- sea black and white cichlid mix in my 75gl with WC White Calvus. it vacuums easily and I have no problems with it getting into the filters, however I do use a pre filter sponge on the intakes. I spent my money early on long before I had my Tropheus to prepare for them. remember Tropheus are not your commoners and deserve the best if it can be obtained. hope my babbling has helped some


You can get 2x 40lbs bags for $27 each from petsmart online and i will be free shipping. That's 80lbs for less that $60!

If someone is giving good info, it's definitely not babbling. It's only babbling when adding in a bunch of unnecessary comments. Which you didn't!
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Ive always used Silica Sand from Home Depot/Lowes depends on whats closest to me. Cheapest Ive found locally. $8.25 for 100 pounds

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