This is somewhat of an experiment for me. First time messing with dirt and blasting sand. The plan is to go low tech. If it all works out well, I will use the knowledge gained on a future 40b or 75 gallon. This 20 gallon long was salvaged from the dumpster. It didn't leak, but I resealed it anyway since the silicone looked pretty rough in a few spots. Total investment so far is about $28. That paid for silicone, razor blades, rubbing alcohol and now the substrate. Now I have to decide on filter and lighting options.
I will be doing about 1.5 inches of dirt under 1.5 inches of sand, and use either Spiderwood or Manzanita wood and lava rocks for the scape. Will update as I purchase more stuff. Trying to stay budget friendly as well.
Overall it should prove to be a fun little project.
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