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post #68 of (permalink) Old 08-27-2012, 07:00 PM
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Originally Posted by SaltyNC View Post
Callisto, that's great. I think you'll really like the tank. The dimensions are great, and I think it is a great starter tank. You probably already know this, but they do scratch easily. I would recommend being very careful when you add your substrate if it is hard/sharp. I'm pretty happy with this scape came out, but the one thing I would do different if I could rewind the clock would be to use a soil substrate like Fluval Shrimp Stratum or ADA soil. The Flourite is fine, but I imagine if I had used a soil-based substrate, the hairgrass would have filled in much quicker, and I think it looks better, too, though the Flourite blends OK with the rocks I have.

Good luck with your new tank. I hope you'll post your progress. I'll definitely follow along.
Went to the local Petco today, they don't carry it anymore, so I ordered it from

Is it possible to do this tank without the soil? I'm wanting low-tech here, so I don't want to spend money just to spend it. I am patient and if plants grow slower, I'm OK with that. What are the downsides if you don't use it? Is your tank just flourite on the bottom?

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