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Old 03-19-2004, 05:29 PM   #1
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Would playsand be okay as a substrate in a large tank? Should I put some peat under it or anything? Will it give my problems in the long run? I want to use sand because florite is 38 buck a bag (canadian) and I definately can't afford enough for a 55 gallon tank.
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Old 03-19-2004, 08:31 PM   #2
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Old 03-19-2004, 08:45 PM   #3
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I'll let you know how my little experiement turns out. I'm running white silica sand in 2 of my aquariums but It has only been a few weeks.. I have no long term experiences to share.

The good news was that I could get sand for both my 135 gallon tank, and my 90 gallon for $20 Canadian :-)
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Old 03-19-2004, 09:00 PM   #4
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I prefer fine gravel over sand. While sand looks good, it is difficult to keep clean, and not a good substrate to grow plants due to the limited circulation and missing air (water) space for detritus (fish poop) to be beneficial for plants.
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Old 03-19-2004, 09:17 PM   #5
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Heh.. when you have as many loaches as I do constantly churning the sand.. you dont have to worry about keeping it clean ;-) In my 90 gallon the sand is collecting algae now, so I stir it up by hand every couple of days. I imagine once the eels are comfortable and start rooting around in it that it will stay pretty clean as well.

I definately would avoid using sand for heavy root feeders without some form of substrate fert...
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What if I had some MTS and put florite in the sand near the heavy root feeders as well as root tabs?
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Old 03-22-2004, 05:01 PM   #7
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I am using silica sand and feel it's the biggest mistake I ever made.

I'll be doing a complete teardown soon and going another route with the substrate..
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I am using granitic sand, the root growth is tremendous, but it does look messy on the surface.
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Old 03-22-2004, 09:40 PM   #9
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I have sand over flourite and love it... Looks like a stream bed and is easy to take care off...


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I just picked up some Shultz Aquatic Soil which is basically Turface. $7 at my local garden center for a 10 pound bag. The 10 pound bag is about twice the volume of a 15 pound bag of Flourite. I do plan on mixing in Flourite and some sand but this stuff looks great.
http://www.schultz.com/proaqua.htm
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