POLL: Live Sand or Plain Sand?

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    Which do you prefer.. which do you recommend?

    LIVE SAND or PLAIN SAND

    I'll be using live rock & corals. Some people say live sand and others do not. I'm gonna go with the one that most people recommend. Thanks so much!
     
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    Plain sand, it will turn alive over time and cost you much less!
     
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    If your starting out with live rock, then I'd get dry sand. The rocks will eventually turn the sand live. It'll also save you a few bucks to get dry sand.
     
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    :) Thanks. I think if 1 more person says plain said that's what we'll get.
     
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    I would go plain too, save some money! :D
     
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    plain sand, i gave you the reason for such in one of your other threads
     
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    Okay...so plain it is.. Thanks Everyone!!

    ** This saves me about $20 ** :)
     
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    The type of live sand you get at the LFS is made of aragonite and will help keep the tank chemistry good.
     
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    I gotta say live sand it will help shorten your cycle in my opinion
     
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    If you are getting aragonite, dry is fine. I've heard horror stories about people buying play sand to save a few bucks only to find out it's not aragonite and full of silicates which led to major problems down the road.
     
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    How long does it take for the rock to turn the sand live?
     
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    as long as your cycle takes, which can be anywhere from a few weeks to a few months.
     
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