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post #10 of (permalink) Old 04-08-2013, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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I figured I would bump this a bit...

I have taken all my plants out of the tank, removed all the driftwood and fish. I totally stirred up all the substrate until the water looked like tea, as there was quite a bit of detritus and waste also.

I am starting over tonight. Now my debate is keep the silica, all cleaned and filtered, or switch to a Lowe's pea gravel. I have read that pea gravel is much easier to vacuum and maintain, but doesn't accommodate foreground plants well. I have Amazons swords, Crypts and Red Echinodorus which are all fairly low maintenance plants.

Would anyone talk me out of keeping the silica in favor of gravel??

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