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Old 05-08-2010, 10:52 PM   #11
 
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v1ad if you want a cheap substrate, u can buy some play sand at home depot or a place like that and just crinse it, with a bucket and water. its really easy and about $5 for 20-40lbs.
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Old 05-08-2010, 11:45 PM   #12
 
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I just picked up 50lbs of playsand for 2.98
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Old 05-09-2010, 07:09 AM   #13
 
Money is not such big of an issue, as I said I want to change to Amazon like aquarium with plants and yellow sand. River sand seemed like the best alternative to me.

Will the plants growth well in a play sand? and what's actually suitable for use in aquarium form this list?
http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/bq/nav.js..._start_index=0

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Old 05-09-2010, 07:49 AM   #14
 
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Mine said play sand right on the bag
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Old 05-09-2010, 08:54 AM   #15
 
I meant, can you buy any of the other stuff in that list for aquarium?
Will the plants grow well in the play sand?
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Old 05-09-2010, 08:29 PM   #16
 
do the plants growth well in gravel btw?
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Old 05-09-2010, 08:55 PM   #17
 
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I hope they do well in sand, since thats what i used. I have had plants in gravel before and they did fine
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Old 05-10-2010, 12:27 AM   #18
 
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I know angel uses play sand and she has great growth in her tanks...
Just have to make sure you get some MTS snails to dig around in the sand and keep it aerated.

Personally, If I was gonna use sand, I'd go with pool filter sand. Its not much more expensive and doesn't compact.

Then again, don't ask me. I went to Target and bought some black 'craft sand' and put it in my shrimp tank.
Looked great, but now the snails moved it around so the gravel is on top. Can't even see the sand anymore. :/
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Old 05-10-2010, 06:25 AM   #19
 
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If you look under my "Aquarium" tap here to the left you'll see all my set ups, some are playsand others gravel in either case plants grow.

No matter how you set up your tank (sand from river, playsand or gravel) plants need a proper amount of all nutrition's either you have some serious good water quality with which you supply this to your plants OR you will need to add fertilizer to the plants; this then depends on the plants you have either root tablets for root feeders such as Swords or Crypts or a simple liquid fert for stem plants. Improper balance of light AND nutrition's will result in poor plant growth so if either one of these 2 factors is out of balance it won't matter what substrate you choose plants will not grow.

Since you want the "darker" set up you have got to check your local home stores most commonly you'll find the lighter/ gray colored sand which may not be what you want for this set up, you may wanna look for something that's rather brownish/ dark which is also available.

If you look at my latest Shrimp farm set up under the Aquarium log you'll find the pictures of the one I set up with black sand and am LOVING it.
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Old 05-10-2010, 04:49 PM   #20
 
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Yellow 55g, 2nd New Shrimp Farm and CPO does look rather nice. Is that the play sand in them?
How well do plants grow in them? What specific fertiliser would I have to get and will it harm the water?
And what is the name of the front small bushy plants in 2nd New Shrimp Farm aquarium?
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