Substrate to fill 180 gallon

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    clancaster23

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    I'm getting close to the point where I fill up my 180 gallon. I'm wondering about the substrate. I want to go sand and at the same time be economical about it. I'd like a deeper bed, maybe 4"-5". I was thinking I could fill about 3" with well-rinsed play sand then the top couple inches with something that's meant for a reef like oolite aragonite. Is this doable? I'd like fine sand so future gobies and such can make a home and do what they do. Also curious about black sand. I've never tried it but think it may look nice and be something different. How to fill a tank this large and still keep the cost down?
     
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    any sand you use must be silica free and you dont want really fine sad or your powerheads will blow it around and make a sand storm in your tank
     
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    +1 @emmett0122 . You need to use aragonite sand. Play sand just doesn't cut it.
     
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    +1 Erin
     
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    + 1 @ Aquarian .
     
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    +1 to ALL of us!
     
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