08-22-2012, 10:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Byron
I use basic playsand, Quikrete Play Sand, it is "tan" which means a mix of black/tan/gray/white. Very authentic, it resembles the sand in many Amazonian streams.
Keep the filter intake about 5 inches above the substrate and sand won't get in the filter. Rena XP is a good filter, i have the XP3 on my 115g.
I have the Quickrete Playsand in one of my 20 gallon tanks, took a lot of rinsing but saved me a lot of money too!
As far as backgrounds I like the "underwater look" myself but my next tank will have a black background & I'll try your construction paper idea, thanks.
I'll also post up pictures of my tank eventually, with their full stock, filtration, etc.