02-26-2007, 05:31 PM
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the reason i want the black sand is because of the corydoras, they will like the sand and it is much softer on there barbels. Also, getting 80-100 pounds of 20 dollars 15 pounds eco-complete isnt exactly my cup of tea, sand will help save me a few dollars and im sure you dont need a tank of only eco-complete gravel to grow plants, right? I am also planning on some algae eaters (probably otos since there usefulness in a planted tank). Im not much of a light genius but i know the bigger the tank the less light you need, is 3-4 wpg really nessicary (i was thinking compact flourecents but now i might only need double tube NO flourecents) The tank is a normal size one, 18 inches deep and 48 inches wide, so a double tube flourecent will give about 80 watts. The plants i want arent really considered fragile but some arent hardy, i want some java moss and java fern to start with and some amazon sword plants, then maybe i will look at other plants i like and that will fit in my tank.
Should i go with all eco-complete, eco and some sand?
What light should i get
MH (highly doubt that though)