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ada sand depth and amount

Does anyone have any idea how much ADA sand is required to cover say 1 square foot to 3" depth? I want to use some sand in the foreground of the aquarium, but for the life of me i cannot see on their site how to caclulate amount to depth.

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l * w * h / 175 = # 9L bags needed if I recall correctly.
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That formula results in me needing almost 20 bags for my 120. Does that sound right?

I hope not. That would be $400 for substrate

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Are you referring to Aquasoil Powder as sand?

If you are, then ...

Aquasoil Powder comes in 9 liter bags and 3 liter bags.
9 liters is 549.2 cubic inches http://www.google.com/search?q=how+m...=1&startPage=1
3 liters is 183.1 cubic inches http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&r...rs&btnG=Search

I don't know the footprint of your 120g aquarium. Some are 60"L x 18"W for 1080 square inches and some are 48"L x 24"W for 1152 square inches.

Each inch of powder in an aquarium with a footprint of 60"L x 18"W needs 17.7 liters or approximately 2 x 9 liter bags.

Each inch of powder in an aquarium with a footprint of 48"L x 24"W needs 18.9 liters or approximately 2 x 9 liter bags.

Each bag of Aqua Soil- Amazonia II (9 liters) - Powder Type is $34.

Each inch of Powder for your aquarium is 2 x $34 or $68.

If you want around 3" of Powder depth in your 120g aquarium; you'll need 6 x 9 liter bags.

6 x 9 liter bags of Powder = $204.00



If you are referring to regular Aquasoil as sand; the # of bags will be the same, but the price is different. Aqua Soil - Amazonia II (9 liters)- Normal Type
is $26.

Each inch of depth with regular Amazonia in your aquarium is $52.

Three inches of depth with regular Amazonia is 6 bags or $156.00.

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Left C - thank you for that awesome break down. You have cleared up a great deal. I will probably go for the regular soil with a powder cap on it.

btw, my 120 is 48"L x 24"W. I like that extra 6 inches of depth for scaping.

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I'd not use the powder.

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No I was talking about the actual ADA Bright Sand, not AquaSoil Normal or AquaSoil Powder. As I said in teh first post, I am trying to have a sand foreground and want to calculate the amount of sand to bring the depth to meet the AquaSoil in the back.

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Also, what would you recommend in terms of dept, front to back. The front would obviously be sand, but the back will be AquaSoil. I was thinking 1 inch in the front, sloping to 3 - 4 inches at the back?

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Does anyone have any idea how much ADA sand is required to cover say 1 square foot to 3" depth? I want to use some sand in the foreground of the aquarium, but for the life of me i cannot see on their site how to caclulate amount to depth.

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1 square foot to 3" depth = 432 cubic inches.

If you want to use sand, like silica sand, there's 432 cubic inches per 25 pounds. Here's a substrate calculator with silica sand:
https://www.plantedtank.net/substratecalculator.html

I know that ADA's Decorative Sand comes in various size bags. They have 2, 2.6, 5.2, 8 and 15 kg bags. If this sand has a density similar to silica sand, there's 432 cubic inches per 55 kg.

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Left C - thank you for that awesome break down. You have cleared up a great deal. I will probably go for the regular soil with a powder cap on it.

btw, my 120 is 48"L x 24"W. I like that extra 6 inches of depth for scaping.
You're very welcome, mhossom.

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