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lipadj46 03-08-2011 03:12 PM

Just changed over to sand substrate
 
I finally bit the bullet and bought 100 lbs of play sand from lowes for $6. I would have rather used pool filter sand but around here this time of year good luck finding it. The play sand just took more rinsing to get rid of the dirt and really fine sand that would cause clouding problems. The play sand also has larger chunks of quartz in it that look really nice where pool filter sand is generally a bit larger and more uniform. The results are great and I would never go back to gravel. I will be planting the tank heavily with large lowlight plants this week. Here is a bad photo:

http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/r...a/DSC00997.jpg

leogtr 03-08-2011 06:53 PM

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Originally Posted by lipadj46 (Post 612854)
I finally bit the bullet and bought 100 lbs of play sand from lowes for $6. I would have rather used pool filter sand but around here this time of year good luck finding it. The play sand just took more rinsing to get rid of the dirt and really fine sand that would cause clouding problems. The play sand also has larger chunks of quartz in it that look really nice where pool filter sand is generally a bit larger and more uniform. The results are great and I would never go back to gravel. I will be planting the tank heavily with large lowlight plants this week. Here is a bad photo:

http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/r...a/DSC00997.jpg


nice nice!!:thumbsup:

Calmwaters 03-08-2011 07:20 PM

I like it a lot!

Blabomb 03-08-2011 07:56 PM

I can't wait until you get the rest of your plants :)

jeaninel 03-08-2011 08:19 PM

Looks nice. I noticed your sand bed looks pretty thick though. How deep is it? You may want to take a bit out so you don't have problems with anaerobic gas pockets.

lipadj46 03-08-2011 10:09 PM

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Originally Posted by jeaninel (Post 613232)
Looks nice. I noticed your sand bed looks pretty thick though. How deep is it? You may want to take a bit out so you don't have problems with anaerobic gas pockets.

Its a little deeper than planned, 3ish inches maybe a bit more, wanted to make sure the plants stay put. Also I am planning to setup my 10 gallon tank again as a shrimp tank and was going to use the cycled sand out of this tank (plus some sponges I have stashed in the filter) so I kind of overfilled. I was thinking about getting some snails that will dig in the sand or just poke at the sand with a hair pick when doing maintenance.

PRichs87 03-09-2011 10:03 PM

Malaysian Trumpet Snails will help aerate your sand bed, I still need to find some of those guys somewhere near me.

lipadj46 03-10-2011 05:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Blabomb (Post 613194)
I can't wait until you get the rest of your plants :)


Here it is all done:

http://i470.photobucket.com/albums/r...a/DSC01004.jpg

Calmwaters 03-10-2011 05:43 PM

Even better than before. Good job.

PRichs87 03-10-2011 06:57 PM

If your background is reversible with a plain black/blue on the other side, it would really let your plants stand out.


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