My sand... Is it alive?

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    So the stand for my aquarium is black, as well as the background, so I decided to get black "live sand" from the lfs. I purchased about 100lbs of this black live sand for $1.03/lb.

    Does this price sound right? And do you think its actually live sand? I havent noticed any little critters crawling around in it. And i'm wondering why I only paid a dollar per pound when i see it online for $2-3/lb.
     
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    Was it dry? or wet. If wet and with rock and fish...then yes its alive. Live sand has more to do with bactaria than with a lot of critters. Once you get your live rock some of those bigger criters will go to the sand...i know mine did
     
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    No it was completely dry. Its been in the tank with the water for about 4 months, with rock for about 3 months, with fish for about 2. Will it get life sooner or later? Or should i mix in some good wet sand?
     
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    If you have live rock, your sand will eventually become live sand. The important thing is that you have enough live rock for filtration which to me is a lot more important than LS...but either way, you will have LS eventually.
     
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    No I don't have enough LR. I have a 90 gallon, with probably only 25lbs of rock so far. I slowly add 5-7lb stones weekly or so, but its so expensive around here. $6.99/lb!
     
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    have you ever tried www.craigslist.com ? check their everyday...im always finding cool deals.
     
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    As long as your sands been in the tank,its already what is called Live sand.Fastlights right,You dont many(if any)critters in a bag of sand.Its the bacteria that makes it live.
     
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    Besides Craig's list, look around for dry rock. It is less than $2 a pound here (live rock is $8.50 / lb) and will become live in time.
     
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    is that only in fish stores? The only dry stuff mylfs has is redrock.
     
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    You might find dry rock on craig's list, but I've found it in the LFS. One near me had it for 1.89 lb. You can also use a place such as www.MarcoRocks.com. I had a great experience with them, although not everyone has reported such an experience. The shipping cost isn't too bad as dry rock weighs a lot less than wet live rock.

    Edit: Just took a look at their site and they have dry Florida base rock for 99 cents a pound (20 pound minimum).
     
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