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Old 05-13-2010, 06:31 PM   #11
 
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Wow that's a nice development right there, looking real good!!!!
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Old 05-13-2010, 06:46 PM   #12
 
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Your tank looks really good!
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Old 05-13-2010, 06:58 PM   #13
 
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Does the pool sand not compact as bad as play sand? Ive got play sand in mine now but not very happy with it seems to dense for plants to grow well, plus not big on the look.
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Old 05-14-2010, 08:07 AM   #14
 
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Does the pool sand not compact as bad as play sand? Ive got play sand in mine now but not very happy with it seems to dense for plants to grow well, plus not big on the look.
i haven't noticed compaction being a problem with my pool filter sand so far. PFS only contains grains of a certain size, 0.2 - 0.4mm i think, so there's none of the very small grains, which i guess would create a more dense substrate as they could pack in closer together. my plants took about 2-3 weeks before they showed much growth but they're all doing well now. i added i use api root tabs too

I also got some malasian trumpet snails v cheap from ebay recently to keep the substrate turned over a bit more. they're great fun to watch too
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Old 05-14-2010, 08:09 AM   #15
 
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ahhh right ok,where do you have over hang ?
the tank is about an inch wider than the stand, so i've put the overhang all at the back where its least noticaeable
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Old 05-15-2010, 05:40 PM   #16
 
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Wanted to add also, pool sand grains are rounded and polished to allow water movement.

Plus pool filter sand is what, $1 more? I'm talking about $1 difference between 2 40Ib bags.
(at least here it is)

Tank is awesome. :) Might want to do something about the DW, can't hardly see it.

Is that the crypt in the front-right? It looks a bit small to be a vallisneria.
Maybe dwarf sag?

Looks nice regardless. How big is that tank?
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Old 05-15-2010, 05:48 PM   #17
 
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Looking great!!
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Old 05-16-2010, 10:32 AM   #18
 
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Wanted to add also, pool sand grains are rounded and polished to allow water movement.

Plus pool filter sand is what, $1 more? I'm talking about $1 difference between 2 40Ib bags.
(at least here it is)

Tank is awesome. :) Might want to do something about the DW, can't hardly see it.

Is that the crypt in the front-right? It looks a bit small to be a vallisneria.
Maybe dwarf sag?

Looks nice regardless. How big is that tank?
180litre, 47 gal - its a juwel rio 180 tank but with my own heater, filter etc

yeah its a shame the way the drift wood is obscured. i plan to do a bit of a change around in future to show it off a bit more.

front right is some pygmy chain sword. there's vallis spirlis behind it.

what i thight was a crypt turned out to be java fern, which is now on some driftwood instead of stuck in the sand - oops
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Old 05-16-2010, 01:32 PM   #19
 
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Looks great! I have low light also and my spiral Val grows really fast but the good thing is you can trim it when it gets to long on top of the water. I like my Java ferns. I stuck mine in holes in rocks also attached them with java moss onto driftwood. My Dwarf Sagittaria all melted away and is not growing in any of my tanks well. I use the root tabs also. I like the pool filter sand as it is a courser grain sand. I just rub it between my hands if the sand gets algae growing on it and it looks good as new. I'm trying to get rid of my MTS as they have taken over the bottom of my tank and i'm overrun just from some hitch hikers on plants. I now have yo yo loaches to help trim the population. My Assassin snails helped some but not that great. I moved my Assassin snails to a new tank so the yoy yo's don't eat them. I sure hope your tank does not get over run by them as mine. One local fish store in my area gives them away for free as they are a big problem in their tanks.
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Old 05-17-2010, 03:36 AM   #20
 
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yes the drift wood could come out a little more,as it's a lovely bit too.
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