12-09-2007, 11:05 AM
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Heavily planted tanks with sand.
I've been thinking about converting my 35g planted tank to sand. Mainly because I like the look of the sand, but also because I think the cories would love it. It probably won't be for a while as I just don't have the time at the moment, but for when I do, I'm worried about the plants.
I know that plants can do fine in sand, but I've also heard a lot of folk saying that they don't always do quite so well. A heavily planted tank isn't something I'm willing to give up for the sand, so I need some assurance that it will work alright.
If anyone has heavily planted tanks with sand, if you could give me a little information on how it works for you it'd be really appreciated. Things like how long you have had them in the sand, and how they have faired compared to the gravel, or anything extra you need to do to keep them healthy in the sand. I'm no plant expert by any stretch of the imagination, but for a good while, 7-8 months or so I have had a tank full of healthy, growing plants with very little effort form me. Since this seems to be more from luck than anything else, I'm reluctant to make any changes without some sort of guarantee that it'll work.