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    Default How much sand?

    Guess im going to give sand a try in my 75 gal. 1lb per gallon?

    1" to 1-1/2" depth I guess, is there an easy way to figure it out or just keep adding till you get the depth you want? I dont think im going to use pool sand etc, may spring for the nicer stuff and just dont want to make extra trips to the LFS.
    75 Gal
    1-Yellow Lab
    2-Blue Acei
    3-Blue Zebras
    5-Metriaclima Zebra (OB)
    lots of "Hybrids"
    1-Royal Pleco
    2 - Pictus Catfish

    125 Gal
    Tropical Community tank
    2 - Pictus Catfish
    1-Synodontis Eupterus
    1-Synodontis Catfish
    2-Marble Plecos

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    i put 60 pounds of caribsea sahara sand and i got about 2-1/2" to 3" deep sand bed.
    75g - 10 - Labidochromis caeruleus - 13 - Pseudotropheus demasoni - 6 - Synodontis petricola

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    I also have a question regarding sand, doesn't it become a nuisance getting caught and clogging a filter? I would think some would have to get sucked into the intakes?
    20Gal Tall
    2 Amatitlania nigrofasciata
    Lots of fry


    55g
    5 Cynotilapia sp. "Hara" Gallireya Reef
    6 Labidochromis Caeruleus
    5 Iodotropheus Sprengerae
    1 Metriaclima Callainos
    2 Synodontis Lace

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    whats the demensions on ur tank 4 foot tank mabe

    i have a 4'x1' bottom on my 55 gal and 50 lbs was a good layer of sand my 125 however took 200 lbs but its thicker than the 55s layer of sand
    tanks:
    down to just the one at the moment

    125 gallon-2x emperor 400-2x 300 watt heaters and a few power heads with pre filters sand sub.

    mbuna tank
    x2 Metriaclima greshakei, Labidochromis caeruleus,
    Metriaclima estherae,Iodotropheus sprengerae
    and a pleco?

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    I can't remember who said it or where it's located BUT. Somebody recently said that over time, sand can work it's way into your pipes at home!!!!! I believe they said MAJOR repair had to be done to replace pipes. After a few years sand would sit in those pipes at home yes? A 4 inch pipe could fill over years if you think about it. Makes me totally reconsider vacuuming with a python. Just saying......Julia
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    I used 40 lbs. in my 90 gallon (18 in. by 48 in. bottom). It is not very deep but who needs two inches of sand? That is two inches less for the fish to swim in.
    135 Gallon: Cyrtocara moorii, Labidochromis caeruleus
    90 Gallon: Turquoise Discus, Skunk Corydoras, Cardinal Tetras
    90 Gallon: Yellow Lab grow-out tank
    Fish tanks - betcha can't have just one!

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    All the water from my tank goes outside either to be used for plants or just goes down the driveway. I dont think I want more than 2" of sand.
    I know the tank is 48" long, and maybe 24" or less wide?
    75 Gal
    1-Yellow Lab
    2-Blue Acei
    3-Blue Zebras
    5-Metriaclima Zebra (OB)
    lots of "Hybrids"
    1-Royal Pleco
    2 - Pictus Catfish

    125 Gal
    Tropical Community tank
    2 - Pictus Catfish
    1-Synodontis Eupterus
    1-Synodontis Catfish
    2-Marble Plecos

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    50 lbs would prolly do u good for a nice thin layer if not 60lbs u could always return a bag
    tanks:
    down to just the one at the moment

    125 gallon-2x emperor 400-2x 300 watt heaters and a few power heads with pre filters sand sub.

    mbuna tank
    x2 Metriaclima greshakei, Labidochromis caeruleus,
    Metriaclima estherae,Iodotropheus sprengerae
    and a pleco?

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    Yea I just bought 80# and figured ID return one if I didnt use it.
    Thanks guys!
    75 Gal
    1-Yellow Lab
    2-Blue Acei
    3-Blue Zebras
    5-Metriaclima Zebra (OB)
    lots of "Hybrids"
    1-Royal Pleco
    2 - Pictus Catfish

    125 Gal
    Tropical Community tank
    2 - Pictus Catfish
    1-Synodontis Eupterus
    1-Synodontis Catfish
    2-Marble Plecos

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    I have 50lbs in my 55g and its a good 2 1/2 to 3 inch layer. I wouldnt waste your money on nicer sand. Just go with pool filter sand its cheap, nice size grain, and helps with ph stability.
    55g Mbuna all male tank
    Eheim ecco canister, cascade 300, 300w heater, 50lbs pool filter sand, 54lbs river rock, whisper 200 air pump

    1 red zebra
    1 socolofi
    1 iced blue zebra
    1 electric blue johannii
    1 auratus
    1 bumblebee
    1 upside down cat
    1 featherfin cat
    1 rainbow shark

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    I went with the full 80#s. I don't think it is even 2".
    I went with the store brand because of the color. it looks really awesome
    75 Gal
    1-Yellow Lab
    2-Blue Acei
    3-Blue Zebras
    5-Metriaclima Zebra (OB)
    lots of "Hybrids"
    1-Royal Pleco
    2 - Pictus Catfish

    125 Gal
    Tropical Community tank
    2 - Pictus Catfish
    1-Synodontis Eupterus
    1-Synodontis Catfish
    2-Marble Plecos

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    Quote Originally Posted by FasTruckmonkey View Post
    I went with the full 80#s. I don't think it is even 2".
    Sounds about right (nerd alert!);
    A 75 gallon tank is 48" x 18.5"
    Loose sand weighs somewhere around 90 pounds per cubic ft
    1" of sand in the 75 gallon tank is close to 0.5 cubic ft
    So 80 lbs of sand in the 75 gallon tank should be around 1.75 inches

    Yea, I know...I'm a little late.

    Kevin

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    Quote Originally Posted by StructureGuy View Post
    Sounds about right (nerd alert!);
    A 75 gallon tank is 48" x 18.5"
    Loose sand weighs somewhere around 90 pounds per cubic ft
    1" of sand in the 75 gallon tank is close to 0.5 cubic ft
    So 80 lbs of sand in the 75 gallon tank should be around 1.75 inches

    Yea, I know...I'm a little late.

    Kevin
    Pretty much dead on Kevin, I've got 80 lbs of aragonite in a 55 and run about 1.5 - 2" depending on where in the tank you stick the ruler

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