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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 01-08-2004, 02:06 AM Thread Starter
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I wrote a quick and easy way to calculate how much of a certain substrate you will need to buy to fill a tank to a desired depth. Right now it only has values for standard gravel, eco-complete, flourite, and silica sand. If you happen to know the densities of other substrates in cu ft/lb then please share them and I will add them to the list.

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Good job. But you really should break down the sand and gravel by the average grain size. It makes a huge difference.
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Good job. But you really should break down the sand and gravel by the average grain size. It makes a huge difference.
When I find out the densities of the separate ones I'd be happy to, but for now I need help finding them.

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Call your local industrial supply house. I bet they have that info at their fingertips.
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I talked to a construction supervisor that paves roads and regardless of grain size, they estimate 100 lbs/cu ft for most sand. It would have to get pretty coarse to be any lower than that. Typical aquarium gravel (2-3mm) is only ten pounds lighter at 90 lbs/cu ft, so we'd be splitting hairs to break down sand even finer. I suppose we could use a second pick for coarse gravel (4-8mm), but then again that isn't a recommended planted tank substrate.
If we get more replies to the substrate depth poll and we can make this calculator more accurate.

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I think this works really good as it is. I tried it out for the tank sizes I know the amounts for and it came dang close ! It's really handy for getting someone new to the game in the ballpark of how much to get for the tank.
When you think about it , many tanks are gonna be different depending on what ya aquascape needs anyways, like slopes and layer thickness and plants. If you arent planting any root feeders you dont need all that much substrate either so you will definately be covered anyways.

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Thank you very much for the calculator.
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Turface is 1.4 Cubic feet per 50 pounds. Just thought that would be a useful addition.
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Calculator confirmed for Eco-Complete...

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Glad to hear it works out for everyone!

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I have Eco-Complete Planted tank substrate, how deep should I keep it at?
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3 inches is the average recommendation.

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Not sure if people still use this (I was atleast) but I recently noticed that the page gives an error.


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