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GwenInNM 03-15-2011 05:20 PM

How much sand to use??
 
I thought I read 1-2" of sand is all to use. Went back, can't find a post that talks about this.

Can someone clear this up for me, before I start adding water.

I have 1" of sand on top of a thin layer of pea gravel. Is that enough sand? I'm hoping it is, because I'm so sick of washing sand!!!!

Thanks

Gwen

Byron 03-15-2011 05:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GwenInNM (Post 619128)
I thought I read 1-2" of sand is all to use. Went back, can't find a post that talks about this.

Can someone clear this up for me, before I start adding water.

I have 1" of sand on top of a thin layer of pea gravel. Is that enough sand? I'm hoping it is, because I'm so sick of washing sand!!!!

Thanks

Gwen

Are you aware that sand and gravel will mix, naturally, with the water movement (water flows down into and up out of the substrate) and fish digging? And the smallest item (sand) will be on the bottom with the largest (pea gravel) on top, eventually.

The total depth depends upon the plants. Stem plants require minimal substrate, but plants like swords with extensive root systems need more depth.

GwenInNM 03-15-2011 06:20 PM

sand
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Byron (Post 619146)
Are you aware that sand and gravel will mix, naturally, with the water movement (water flows down into and up out of the substrate) and fish digging? And the smallest item (sand) will be on the bottom with the largest (pea gravel) on top, eventually.

The total depth depends upon the plants. Stem plants require minimal substrate, but plants like swords with extensive root systems need more depth.

Byron,

I read from Pat that she did that (sand over gravel) and thought it was the best of both. I'm kinda already into it now, as I've put the sand on top of the gravel. I guess I figured it would mix a bit, but as long as I'm not stirring up the sand, hopefully not too much. I guess I better add more sand though, to keep more on top of the gravel. Ugh.

Gwen


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