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post #11 of 313 Old 11-10-2013, 12:37 AM Thread Starter
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rsskylight04 are you thinking that 2 in. might be to much ?
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post #12 of 313 Old 11-10-2013, 05:43 AM
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Substrate BacteriaThe greatest population of bacteria in a healthy balanced aquarium occurs in the substrate, not the filter. The floc or humic compost that collects in the substrate is the host for the biofilms; this is why the substrate in planted tanks should never be disturbed, and many aquarists apply this to non-planted tanks as well.In very general terms, aerobic nitrification takes place in the top 1-2 inches of the substrate; anaerobic de-nitrification takes place approximately 2-4 inches down, and anaerobic bacteria producing hydrogen sulfide occurs in substrates deeper than 3-4 inches. In all three cases, it will be deeper in coarse substrates (like pea gravel) and more shallow in finer substrates such as sand. These generalities will also vary with the presence of live plant roots and substrate “diggers” such as snails and worms, since these factors result in more oxygen being made available in the substrate, reducing anaerobic bacteria activity. An oxygen level in the substrate of as little as 1 ppm promotes nitrogen reduction rather than sulfur reduction (hydrogen sulfide). [6]Maintaining a substrate of fine gravel or sand no deeper than 4 inches, having live plants rooted in the substrate, and keeping Malaysian Livebearing snails are the best and safest methods of providing a healthy biological system for aerobic and denitrifying anaerobic bacteria.Read more:*Bacteria in the Freshwater Aquarium

2" is fine just dont go more then 4"

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post #13 of 313 Old 11-10-2013, 06:58 AM
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if you keep your sand moved about,(i use a long stick) then unless there
is large rocks on top of the sand,or wood,you should be ok about the pockets.
one thing i will say about sand is wash it until your brain freezes over
with boredom !!!

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #14 of 313 Old 11-10-2013, 07:45 AM Thread Starter
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Boredomb thank you for your very informative post. Though it might be a little much for me this early in the morning haha none the less your post helped me understand the whole depth thing much better.



willow I know, I know, you would think I would have started by now Gotta get to Lowes and soon for some sand. I dont know how she is transporting this tank and fish. I used to move the tank with the fish in it and all set up. I just removed alot of the water. I will try to post before and after pics if possible.
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Just for the record these are my 2 choices for sand.

Shop Sakrete 50-lbs Bag Play Sand at Lowes.com

Shop QUIKRETE 50-lbs Play Sand at Lowes.com


Gonna leave soon so any quick replys would be awesome thnx.

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Ok folks the tank is and what a mess it was. All cleaned up and ready to go. As far as the sand haha it might have been cheaper to buy the good stuff than to pay my 15 year old daughter money for cleaning it lol . Sorry no before pics. The tank is completely bare. Just sand in it atm. So here in time I will get something to dress it up and then take some pics.

I did buy a couple of little Java Ferns to put in there still pretty plain though.
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As far as the sand haha it might have been cheaper to buy the good stuff than to pay my 15 year old daughter money for cleaning it lol . .
haha.. I made my 8yr old and (then)4yr old do it for free on my last tank. Darn those expensive teenagers.
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Your welcome! But I didn't write that article. A former member had wrote it. It is now in the reference section along with other helpful articles. Have a look there sometime.

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post #19 of 313 Old 11-10-2013, 02:41 PM
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Glad you went for sand in the end, but late for a reply as its been cover, looking forward to seeing the pictures, get a water polisher in there because that cloudy look your left with sand will last a couple of days maybe longer depending on filtration.
It was touch on by boredom, a health planted tank with sand must have a army of mts doing all the underground work, these alone siv throug your sand releaseing gas build ups and eating dead roots and what ever else they get up to in the cover of darkness, there favoured part of the day.

Filling tank



Full tank



24hours later



Pics pics pics

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post #20 of 313 Old 11-10-2013, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thnx Barry all is good so far. Cloudy yes, not as bad as I expected. It came with a Aqua-Tech 30-60 (hob) Power Filter. I asked them to leave the old and dirty cartridges in it for the bacteria (hope that was a good ideal) then I changed the one side to help with the filtering which Ive rinsed out 4 times already. I kept the other old cartridge and am soaking it in the little water they had left in the tank.

Now for my first question on plants..... I have the 2 in place (Java Fern) and was wondering if I needed to add a root tab right away or not ?
Might even take a pic yet tonight. It would be a good way to document my progress haha.
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