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Live Sand

Live sand is reef sand that is already filled with beneficial bacteria to help cycle a fish tank quickly. The live sand converts ammonia into nitrite and nitrate. Live aragonite sand, like Fiji pink sand or white aquarium sand, also has the benefit of raising aquarium pH. Black sand is not aragonite based, so it does not boost pH. Caribsea live sand is a top selling brand with many available colors and sizes.

How much sand do I need? For a shallow sand bed in most standard tanks, buy about 1.5 lbs of live aragonite sand per gallon. Or, use our sand bed calculator for a more precise recommendation.

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