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Sand, soil, or some kind of dirt for new aquarium?
Old 11-06-2010, 05:04 AM   #1
 
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Sand, soil, or some kind of dirt for new aquarium?

Hello, sorry to start a thread over this topic but I was wondering. I want to set up a (wide) 20 gallon amazon tank this christmas. I want to have the most beneficial terrain I can. I was always wondering how to put sand-looking stuff in your aquarium without just making a giant thick cloud of mess everytime you touch the bottom. (BTW I want to have either albino (bronze) or pygmy corydoras in the tank.)

Any help on how to setup the substrate and/or what types of plants go well with an amazon tank will be appreciated! Thanks!
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Old 11-06-2010, 08:06 AM   #2
 
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Thick sand? Play sand? Corse sand? Gardening soil? Anybody have any links on the topic?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 11-06-2010, 08:27 AM   #3
 
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I have play sand in my tanks (well, 4 of the 6) and I love it! So do my fish. It doesn't stir easily when I vac - just takes a little practice.

In my cichlid tank (south Americans) I am growing swords, thin val and anubias. My severum loves to eat the swords, so watch that if you want to keep your plants perfect. lol. The fish leave the anubias alone, though. And the val is so fast growing that you don't notice a bit bitten off. :)

Lots of driftwood, too.
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Old 11-06-2010, 09:17 AM   #4
 
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Thanks! I set it up with play sand.
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Old 11-09-2010, 12:25 PM   #5
 
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Check out the guide in my sig. Part two, most specifically.
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Old 11-09-2010, 02:37 PM   #6
 
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Isn't there some risk to doing your DIY, redchigh?
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Old 11-09-2010, 04:12 PM   #7
 
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read part 1.

There's a slight risk, but if you poke the substrate with a spoon (BTW, that's something you have to do with sand anyway, whether soil or not.) then the risk is next to none.
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Old 11-09-2010, 05:24 PM   #8
 
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I have seen your thread before but I am not sure where to find it.

Would you post a link?
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Old 11-09-2010, 05:45 PM   #9
 
its in his sig. Redchigh, you might want to see if a moderator will create a sticky thread for you and combine both pt 1 and pt 2 minus all the comments so we have a soil guide like how byron has a plant guide...
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Old 11-09-2010, 07:53 PM   #10
 
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What? Byron has a substrate guide? What are you suggesting I read? I am not sure what you mean.

I see the link in the sig now. Are you recommending Redchigh's method? I can't tell.

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