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Old 10-22-2008, 08:13 PM   #11
 
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The sand shouldn't slip through provided the gravel was around 2-3mm thick, the sand will just sit on top of the gravel and give it that awesome look sand gives to any tank that has it
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Old 10-23-2008, 08:59 AM   #12
 
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I use a very fine sand in my large, planted tank. It's not a problem at all. The reason one tries to prevent anaerobic pockets is if a fish stirs it up it can be very bad for them. However, if you can't stir it up, and the snails can't stir it up, I don't see how your fish would. I don't worry about stirring up the substrate that's secured by roots and it shouldn't be a problem at all.
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Old 10-23-2008, 09:01 AM   #13
 
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Okiemavis, I've heard people talking about anaerobic pockets, but I don't actually know the proper definition of them...

Care to explain please?
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Old 10-23-2008, 09:43 AM   #14
 
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Maeve- That's exactly the answer I wanted to hear. I'll continue to stir the big open areas of my sand and leave the sand that's been planted alone. I didn't relish the idea of having to poke around under my plants with a skewer stick!

PS. I haven't seen you online for awhile...I thought you had headed off to Peru on your fish collecting trip...??
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Old 10-23-2008, 12:25 PM   #15
 
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Anaerobic pockets are areas of compacted sand where there is little to no water flow. If there is no water flow, no oxygen is being brought to the area. So, instead of normal, healthy bacteria, anaerobic bacteria begin to grow. These guys live and multiply without oxygen. The problem is that their metabolic processes result in gasses that are toxic to your fish. These gasses can get trapped in the anaerobic pocket, and when it's disrupted...you get the idea.
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Old 10-23-2008, 01:59 PM   #16
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Ok, great! I'll stir the areas that are open and leave the rest alone. Thank you everyone .
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Old 10-23-2008, 03:00 PM   #17
 
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hi
just to add my two pennies...............
i have gravel at the back of the tank,then a plastic devider,then
the sand in the open area at the front.
the plants at the back root very well and i disturb the gravel a little
with a stick where i am unable to get with the gravel vac,
then of corse the front is devoid of plants,so it;s plain sailing
when disturbing the sand and doing a gravel vac.
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Old 10-23-2008, 03:22 PM   #18
 
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Thanks for throwing in those two pennies! Great idea.
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Old 10-23-2008, 03:28 PM   #19
 
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no worries,glad they helped. :)
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Old 10-23-2008, 08:10 PM   #20
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Yes I see your problem... Again my suggestion above would help with the whole anaerobic pockets situation, I can't think of anything else that would help you out since you want to create the carpet effect using a grassy type of plant (may I suggest Elocharis Acicularis(Dwarf Hairgrass) worked wonders on my tank).

Hope it works out for you two
I found that plant at the place where I buy from ! They say that it needs bright light. I will have a little over 2 watts per gallon, will this work? Thanks.
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