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post #11 of 47 Old 03-12-2010, 11:36 AM
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The Ludwigia would already be the size of a 10g and outgrow the tank is less then 1 week and you really only can trim that much before you wind up having leave-less sticks sitting there; I'd not recommend that plant for a 10g set up.

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post #13 of 47 Old 03-12-2010, 11:43 AM
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I like the anubias nana too. I have it in my 5g tied to a small peice of driftwood.
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post #14 of 47 Old 03-14-2010, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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Ok cool. I've beebn thinking about maybe doing sand in this tank. Would it be better to use sand rather than gravel? If so then what kind of sand should I get. I've seen it at a local pet store but if I remeber correctly it was a little pricey. I've also heard that you can use a sand from pool filters or something that you can get at Home Depot, Im not sure about that though so please correct me if I'm wrong.
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post #15 of 47 Old 03-14-2010, 10:27 AM
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It really dep on two things mainly 1) What do you like to look at better? 2) Exactly what plants you like to use eg. Dwarf Hairgrass will sprout better/ faster with sand. Stem plants or Swords, Anubias, Java Fern will do fine either in sand or fine gravel.

Again on the sand what do you like LOL you can use playsand or pool sand from the home store if you want natural looking colors or if you'd like something else get black sand from the petstore

Here's 2 pcitures for ya, one is playsand set up the other one black petstore sand
http://www.fishtanks.net/fishtank.php?fishtank=1442
http://www.fishtanks.net/fishtank.php?fishtank=1413

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If I use sand will it clog the filter or do I have to rinse it or make sure the sand has settled before letting th filter run? Also if I have an underwater filter will that get clogged easier than the kind you put on the edge of the tank?
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underwater filter? Do you mean undergravel filter?
Hmmm they don't do well with plants... stem plants should be fine but plants with functional roots might not get the nutrients they need.

Ah, and angel- have you ever used play sand?
I've read many many places that it compacts, doesn't encourage good bacteria in the substrate and inhibits plant growth.
Pool filter sand is good tho... and just as cheap. Wouldn't see the point in risking it.

As for the ludwigea-
That's why when you plant the tops you pull up any bare stems.

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post #18 of 47 Old 03-14-2010, 11:34 AM
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+1 I'd remove the UGF for plants and/ or sand.

@redchigh Yup if you look at my aquarium log here all light colored sand tanks you see if play sand from the home store

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post #19 of 47 Old 03-14-2010, 12:16 PM Thread Starter
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This is the filter I have
http://www.petco.com/product/5409/Aq...t=OnSiteSearch
I have it from when i used to have snapper turtles. It suction cups to the side of the tank and it can have and air pump attached to it too.
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post #20 of 47 Old 03-14-2010, 01:24 PM
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Yup know that filter will work just fine with sand.

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