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30 gallon freshwater - question
Old 01-01-2012, 05:41 PM   #11
 
Just boiled the sand and all the other stuff that was in it (rock, little gem things, shells).. I picked all of the other stuff out and just left the sand for now... I like the rocks and shells but not a fan of the gems.. Anyways, I am no thinking that I am going to need more sand, especially if I want to add plants. What are your thoughts?

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Old 01-01-2012, 06:27 PM   #12
 
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You want around 2-3 inches if you want plants.
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Old 01-01-2012, 06:29 PM   #13
 
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Just boiled the sand and all the other stuff that was in it (rock, little gem things, shells).. I picked all of the other stuff out and just left the sand for now... I like the rocks and shells but not a fan of the gems.. Anyways, I am no thinking that I am going to need more sand, especially if I want to add plants. What are your thoughts?

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Minimum of 2" is recommended, I think a bit more is best for plants. You can shape the sand to be a bit higher in the back, and put more of your plants in the back. Stem plants can grow fine in a smaller amount of sand, but you will probably want to go 2.5-3" IMO.

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Old 01-01-2012, 06:34 PM   #14
 
Thank you both! I think I am going to need to get some more sand.. I don't need much more but I want to make sure the plants will do well (once I get them of course)...

So, now I need to plan what types of plants to get... any suggestions for plants that are not high maintenance? (as you can probably tell, I am new at this)
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:10 PM   #15
 
10g & 30g

So right now I have a 10 gallon tank which is running with 1 oto and 5 pepper cories... I know that the cories need to be in a bigger tank, so they will be transfering out once i have this new tank up and running (and cycled).

Once that is complete this is what I am thinking. Please let me know if you think these fish are suitable or not.

10 gallon
- 2 oto
- 1 sparkling gourami
- 9 dwarf rasbora

30 gallon
- 5 pepper cory
- 2 honey gourami
- 1 bolivian ram
- 6 lemon tetra
- 6 harlequin rasbora
(also, do you think I will need an algae eater in this tank? maybe a snail or a something??)

Now to start planning the planting of the 30 gallon tank.
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Old 01-01-2012, 10:54 PM   #16
 
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I'd get some Malaysian Trumpet snails for the 30g. They like to dig in the substrate and will keep your sand nice and aerated.
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Old 01-01-2012, 11:07 PM   #17
 
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Just boiled the sand and all the other stuff that was in it (rock, little gem things, shells).. I picked all of the other stuff out and just left the sand for now... I like the rocks and shells but not a fan of the gems.. Anyways, I am no thinking that I am going to need more sand, especially if I want to add plants. What are your thoughts?

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This sand don't look right to me(unless it is pool filter sand). You mention pieces of shell in the sand, which could mean it is coral sand, and this sand will create hard water condition and limit the species of fishes you can keep to those who prefer hard alkaline water.
You can test this sand by taking a sample of tapwater(after it has set overnight) and having the pH tested either by you, or fish store and then also take a sample from a bucket of water with some of the sand.(after it has set overnight)
if the pH between the two samples is much different,i would not use the sand in the photo unless you planon keeping hard water species such as livebearer's or african cichlids which may grow too large for the tank.
It is the pieces of shell you mention ,along with color of the sand which would concern me if small tetra like fishes were what I planned on keeping.
Just trying to save you some possible grief later.
Personally,, I would buy a bag of regular playsand from hardware store or lawn and garden store.
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Old 01-01-2012, 11:14 PM   #18
 
Ok - I just put some sand with water in a container and another container with just water... I know the PH of my tap water is around 7.0 - 7.2 but we'll see what is all reads in the morning.

Just curious, but what doesn't look right with the sand? I just boiled it so it is wet and scattered in the tank.. plus there is still some small pieces of white rock in it (not sure why).

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Old 01-01-2012, 11:58 PM   #19
 
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Ok - I just put some sand with water in a container and another container with just water... I know the PH of my tap water is around 7.0 - 7.2 but we'll see what is all reads in the morning.

Just curious, but what doesn't look right with the sand? I just boiled it so it is wet and scattered in the tank.. plus there is still some small pieces of white rock in it (not sure why).

Thanks!
Looks to me like possible coral sand or cichlid substrate judging by color and expierience with this type of substrate.(Plus the mentioned shells,rock)
I might be wrong ,but it don't hurt to test right?
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Old 01-02-2012, 12:02 AM   #20
 
I completely agree... I would rather find out now then when I have the tank put together. Thanks for the adivse. I will test the PH levels tomorrow.

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