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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-09-2013, 01:11 AM Thread Starter
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Hi, I was wondering if this combo is OK? I have a 5.5 gallon tank that I want to put red cherry shrimp in. My filter-sponge is cycled, I want to mix my pool filter sand with dirt, add the RCS, filter, plants-crypts. I want to do it this way so the substrate has some darkness to it-dirt to see the RCS better, would this work?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-09-2013, 03:09 AM
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If you're going to cap the dirt, keep it completely covered with sand. Don't leave patches of it exposed to the water column.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-09-2013, 04:03 AM
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PFS will work as a cap, but won't mix with the dirt. I tried it and it looked really neat, but when you add water, they immediately separate. Just put the sand on the dirt and you're good to go.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-09-2013, 10:21 AM
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If you want a darker substrate, Petco has inert black sand that works fine. Carib Sea has darker brown sand (tan, not dark brown).

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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-09-2013, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by VJM View Post
If you want a darker substrate, Petco has inert black sand that works fine. Carib Sea has darker brown sand (tan, not dark brown).
This is a better solution. Or I've seen members here use blasting sand (black diamond) as a cap.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-09-2013, 04:45 PM
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Playground/sandbox sand is dark grey.
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