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post #11 of 43 Old 02-26-2011, 08:01 PM
okay there is barely any left because I already did that... It made me so angry that top fins product would do that... they should specify that it would do that or test it or smoeething to prevent it

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2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
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post #12 of 43 Old 02-27-2011, 12:11 PM
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okay there is barely any left because I already did that... It made me so angry that top fins product would do that... they should specify that it would do that or test it or smoeething to prevent it
I suspect it would happen with any chunk of food. What isn't eaten will soon decompose. I would not recomend food blocks if you are to be away; if the fish are healthy, they can go for more than a week without food. Or if longer, perhaps someone with experience can feed them even only a couple times a week.

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post #13 of 43 Old 02-27-2011, 02:52 PM
okay

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4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




The Wet Spot Portland Oregon!!!!!!

ADA: Do!aqua Iwagumi 10 gallon size!
7 Clown Killies
7 Ghost shrimp
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post #14 of 43 Old 06-12-2011, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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How do live plants do in sand usually? Or does it just depend?
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post #15 of 43 Old 06-12-2011, 05:22 PM
depends

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12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




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ADA: Do!aqua Iwagumi 10 gallon size!
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7 Ghost shrimp
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post #16 of 43 Old 06-14-2011, 08:29 AM
Live plants will do fine in sand as long as the sand is well turned or is a nutrient rich substrate. If the sand compacts down, the flow of nutrient rich water to the roots will be restricted so they will not do well unless the nutrients are already there.

As Byron said, any long term feeders in the tank will turn the substrate black as the food rots. I have tried many over the years and they have never worked out well. The best weekend feeders are the electronic ones with anti-moisture vents for long vacations.

MTS will survive anywhere. My water used to be very soft and they still bred like crazy. Their shells wont be as beautiful in softer water since the ends will dissolve as they grow, so stubby snail shells, but they will still do fine.
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post #17 of 43 Old 06-16-2011, 02:47 PM
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I use a very fine sugar grain sized white sand. Its expensive but all my fish/shrimp/ plants thrive.The trick to cleaning it is to take the head off of the vacuum and hold the hose behind a few fingers and go over were your fingers have stirred up the sand. Once the bucket is full you can empty it and if your good you can keep any sand that may have been sucked in on the bottom of the bucket. After a good 30% water change in a 55gl tank I usually get 2 to 5 cups of sand to put back which is easy.This is a weekly process so like anything you enjoy doing its fun and NOT work :)
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post #18 of 43 Old 06-16-2011, 03:06 PM
I don't like most store sands because they look too unnatural IMO. Stuff off the ground as worked fine for me.

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post #19 of 43 Old 06-16-2011, 09:41 PM
I just mixed ada with natural sand and love the look.

38 gallon :
Pelvicachromis Taeniatus Nigerian Red not yet breeding pair
4 Pangio Kuhli
12 Hemmigrammus Bleheri
2 Botia Lohachata
1 Botia Straita
1 Ancistrus Sp.
6 Poecilia Reticulata




The Wet Spot Portland Oregon!!!!!!

ADA: Do!aqua Iwagumi 10 gallon size!
7 Clown Killies
7 Ghost shrimp
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post #20 of 43 Old 06-17-2011, 10:32 PM
I got a bag of black sand and white sand at my local hardware store. It was about $6 for 100lb bag. I research several brands to make sure they were aquarium safe before I bought them and before I put them in my new tank.
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