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Help set up new tank, and id a few parts.
Old 07-14-2013, 12:31 PM   #31
 
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Is the sand new or used?

Personally I never use used sand. You never know what problems they had with their tank and some algaes can live dry for quite a long time.

I use pool filter sand in almost all my aquariums. It's a nice tan color with some specs of other colors and it needs virtually no rinsing for dusty or cloudyness like play sand.

Here is a picture of my 46 bowfront with pool filter sand to illustrate the color of it. And it's only $12 for a 50lb bag so 1 bag can do your whole aquarium.

Just food for thought.

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Old 07-14-2013, 03:15 PM   #32
 
It is used sand.
I would get new sand, but it seems silly to throw out sand, then get new sand... it's still an option though.
Nice tank! That sand does look nice.
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Old 07-14-2013, 03:21 PM   #33
 
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I've gotten used sand before. What I did was put it aside and mixed it with soil I got for my garden the next spring.
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Old 07-14-2013, 03:30 PM   #34
 
So should I keep washing it or not?
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Old 07-14-2013, 03:42 PM   #35
 
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I'd just wash with super hot water till it doesn't smell then rinse with cold and you should be done
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Old 07-14-2013, 03:43 PM   #36
 
Alright, thanks for all your help!!!!
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:17 AM   #37
 
So for lights would this Amazon.com: Marineland Single Bright LED Lighting System 24-36-Inch: Pet Supplies be an ok light for the plants? Or should I just get the $100 one?
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Old 07-16-2013, 10:32 AM   #38
 
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That light you just linked isn't bright enough to grow plants in such a tall aquarium. It might be enough if it was 12 inches or shorter but it's like 18 inches and that makes a huge difference.

If you want low light you can get this one:
Current USA Satellite Freshwater LED+ Fixture: LED Aquarium Light Fixtures

They are having a sale ...


If you want medium or higher light get this one:

Amazon.com: Finnex Ray2 Aquarium LED Daylight, 24-Inch: Pet Supplies

with higher light though, you might have to run co2


Low light would be things like java fern/anubias, high light would be everything under the sun if you did co2 and maybe some cheap ferts

I am by no means an expert. I'm just going off PAR values I've found from reputable sources on another forum where these lights have been tested with various tools.

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Old 07-18-2013, 06:47 PM   #39
 
Thank you SOO much Aurie!!!
I am recording my tank journey here(http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/j...lanted-229394/).
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