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small fry 11-06-2010 05:04 AM

Sand, soil, or some kind of dirt for new aquarium?
Hello, sorry to start a thread over this topic but I was wondering. I want to set up a (wide) 20 gallon amazon tank this christmas. I want to have the most beneficial terrain I can. I was always wondering how to put sand-looking stuff in your aquarium without just making a giant thick cloud of mess everytime you touch the bottom. (BTW I want to have either albino (bronze) or pygmy corydoras in the tank.)

Any help on how to setup the substrate and/or what types of plants go well with an amazon tank will be appreciated! Thanks!

small fry 11-06-2010 08:06 AM

Thick sand? Play sand? Corse sand? Gardening soil? Anybody have any links on the topic?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

amberjade 11-06-2010 08:27 AM

I have play sand in my tanks (well, 4 of the 6) and I love it! So do my fish. It doesn't stir easily when I vac - just takes a little practice.

In my cichlid tank (south Americans) I am growing swords, thin val and anubias. My severum loves to eat the swords, so watch that if you want to keep your plants perfect. lol. The fish leave the anubias alone, though. And the val is so fast growing that you don't notice a bit bitten off. :)

Lots of driftwood, too.
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small fry 11-06-2010 09:17 AM

Thanks! I set it up with play sand.:-D

redchigh 11-09-2010 12:25 PM

Check out the guide in my sig. Part two, most specifically.

small fry 11-09-2010 02:37 PM

Isn't there some risk to doing your DIY, redchigh?

redchigh 11-09-2010 04:12 PM

read part 1.

There's a slight risk, but if you poke the substrate with a spoon (BTW, that's something you have to do with sand anyway, whether soil or not.) then the risk is next to none.

small fry 11-09-2010 05:24 PM

I have seen your thread before but I am not sure where to find it.

Would you post a link?:-D

SinCrisis 11-09-2010 05:45 PM

its in his sig. Redchigh, you might want to see if a moderator will create a sticky thread for you and combine both pt 1 and pt 2 minus all the comments so we have a soil guide like how byron has a plant guide...

small fry 11-09-2010 07:53 PM

What? Byron has a substrate guide? What are you suggesting I read? I am not sure what you mean.

I see the link in the sig now. Are you recommending Redchigh's method? I can't tell.

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