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I'm looking to add some coral sand to my Troph/Petro tank and wondered what size grain of sand people are using. Advertised sizes are 1mm 3mm 5mm and 10mm.
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I'm looking to add some coral sand to my Troph/Petro tank and wondered what size grain of sand people are using. Advertised sizes are 1mm 3mm 5mm and 10mm.

I recently switched back to pool filter sand which I believe is 3 to 5mm the other stuff I had was 1mm and blew around, finally gave up on it.
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I use special seaflor mix by CaribSea and I like it a lot.

Gives a sandy look, but isnt so fine that it gets sucked up by the vacume ort blown around by the pumps.


I like the look of pool filter sand...but my water is rolling and it would never work.
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I use special seaflor mix by CaribSea and I like it a lot.

Gives a sandy look, but isnt so fine that it gets sucked up by the vacume ort blown around by the pumps.


I like the look of pool filter sand...but my water is rolling and it would never work.
I use the seafloor too, I had the sugar sized aragonite - dense like mud, but blew around like crazy - that was .5mm sized. Seafloor is 1 to 1.7mm:

http://www.jlaquatics.com/product/cs...-+40+lbs..html
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The the sea floor mix that I use is available at petsmart.com and was the very cheapest that I was able to find it and I believe they do free shipping for orders over 50 or 75 dollars.
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I am using sand from the beach (indian ocean) that i got when i was travelling. It smaller than 1mm. The waste always stay on top and it is super easy to clean. I only siphon with a hose about 2 to 3 inches from the sand. Only the waste get pulled out.
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I'm looking to add some coral sand to my Troph/Petro tank and wondered what size grain of sand people are using. Advertised sizes are 1mm 3mm 5mm and 10mm.
Of the sizes that you stated, 1 & 3mm will be the most sand like. still course though and very easy to vacume. After you vacume it several times you will have all the dust out and it will be very easy to vacume and not cloud the water. Wash well at first of course.

5mm and 10mm will begin to look like crushed coral gravel. And will work really well to vacume but I like for the fish to be able to pick through the sand and spit it out etc.

So the 1mm would be what I got if I were you...maybe a mix with the 3mm.

And at that size, trophs will be able to sift through it easily.

One thing that always made me wonder was how the guys with the sugar sand could stand it with the trophs sifting it. IT would alway be in the water.

With 1mm...the pick it up and spit it out and it falls quickly back down to the bottom with no dust after washed.

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And for our USA guys...

I have found it no cheaper. 26 bucks for 40lbs.

http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2753226

And 50 bucks free delivery! So delivered to your house for free if you buy two bags...


...and its fun to watch the UPS guy carry 80 lbs up to your door.
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Great product at a smoking price.
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Thanks everybody for the quick replies, any idea how much i'd need to cover a 6x2 foot print?
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