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Old 09-24-2004, 11:42 PM   #1
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Sand & ???


This will be my first planted tank and I have been doing a lot of reading. I'm picking up 3 to 5 used 55 Gallon tanks tomorrow (starting with just 1 fill. ).

Considering the cost of the tanks, heaters, plants, fish, filteration, I am trying to keep the substrate low cost and I do really like to the look of sand.

I want to develop a full eco-system going with a full planted tank and a wide variety of fish.....

But, back to the question.

Called home depot after reading up on here. They have two sand options, Silica Sand and Play sand. The Silica Sand is less expensive, but I haven't read much on it.

What I was considering was Silica Sand augmented wiht Seachem Flourish tabs.

Any opinions/advice would be nice.

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Old 09-25-2004, 12:32 AM   #2
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You really need to look at the sand. You want a coarse sand. Depending on where you live the play sand could work or not. Here in the Pacific NW play sand is a nasty grey color and very fine. You want something with a pretty good grain size. Also the play sand could be beach sand depending on where you live an it will contain shell bits.
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It really depends on the locality as Rex stated. I'm currently using play sand in my tank isn't the same as Rex's (according to his description).
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Old 09-25-2004, 01:36 AM   #4
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That is a good part of the reason I was looking at Silica Sand....

http://www.cichlid-forum.com/articles/sand.php#2

The Silica sand is $1.99 for a 100lb. bag....

And, from what I have read there and other sites it is the better sand for tanks...
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Old 09-25-2004, 05:06 AM   #5
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Welcome to the forum.

Where did you get 3-5 used 55 gallon tank??

Let us know if there's a deal going on somewhere... I'm sure all of us could use some extra tanks (especially when it's free!)
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Old 09-25-2004, 07:48 AM   #6
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I wish they were free. Price hasn't fully been set yet, but she wants someone to just take the whole lot.

Probably going to get all 5 along with some 40's and 20's for around $200-$300

If there are too many, I may be giving some away for just shipping. Just depends on how many and what I end up with.......

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ive found pool filter sand to be the perfect grain size for my planted tank, plus it looks nice and is pretty cheap(hehe got mine for free )
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I ended up with PlaySand from Home Depot + Seachem Flourish Tabs.

Also, I picked up 2x55G 1x45G Long 1x29G and 1x10G with lights for all but the 45G Long, but all the lights are going to have to go. :/ Not enough wattage. :/
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how much did you get all of em for?
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Mount AH Supply kits in the strip lights. That cures the lighting problem.
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Old 10-22-2004, 09:03 AM   #11
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MentaldisordeR - I paid $250.00 for all but I am going to be tearing down the 55 and the 10 that are currently up and resealing all tanks because I had one blow a bottom seam a few nights ago.

Rex Grigg - Eventually I am going to move to AH. Currently I'm using shoplights. 4x40W over the 55 Gallon and I'm picking up a 90G next week and will be doing either 6x40W or 8x40W over it.
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~50 lbs of play sand will give you a nice 2-4 in. sand bed in a 55g. I just bought some and lined my 55 as well. I'm just concerned about the dust that came from it when I washed it. I ran cold water through it and washed it for about an hour and it still clouds up my tank...btw, it's Quikrete brand Play Sand.

Funny how a tank's value drastically drops when it's been used. I see ads in my newspaper all the time for used 60g acrylic tanks for $50-$100
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enchanted, what a way to start your planted tanks...

2x55G 1x45G Long 1x29G and 1x10G with lights for $250? That's a bargain!
I paid $120 alone just for my 55G not a long time ago...(plexi + stand & filter, and delivery)

I use 2" profile (Schultz Aquatic Soil) and 1" playsand with my 55G, but I wish I had bit the bullet and got a few bags of Eco-Complete instead..

Good luck with your adventure!
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