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My Tank now with Sand!

Here is my tank with sand!!!

Now I'm holding out on planting it til my dry ferts come in the mail as well as my CO2 system. Once I get my ferts going and my CO2 I'm going to plant the heck out of my 80 gallon!

Any suggestions would be nice too and very appreciated. I'd like to hear them!
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 03-29-2006, 03:05 AM
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How has your experience with sand been so far? How long have you had it?
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Not even a week... I use blasting grit because it's cheap and you don't have to pre rinse it too. The problem with grit is that aparantly it's rough and hard on any fish that rest on it... luckily all I have is a chinese algae eater.

The big thing I like about it is that the plants are very easy to plant now. But with sand you need to use root tabs if you have plants that rely on roots for nutrients because sand has 0 nutrients in it.

Also because sand likes to comact over time I bought a colony of Malasian Trumpet Snails that will rummage their way around underneath the sand to keep it from compacting. also they will help to eliminate any air bubbles that develope within the sand as well.
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Sounds like you're off to a good start! Keep us updated with your all-sand tank and let us know how things progress (or regress, should you be so unfortunate).
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Is there something that I've overlooked here?
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Is there something that I've overlooked here?
A solid background will help. You might also want to add more sand and slope it front-to-back to add visual depth.

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I'm wondering about that? How much weight can my aquarium hold? That was my only concern...
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Water weighs a lot, too--keep that in mind! I'd add more sand.

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I'd agree: more sand (at least 2") and a solid, black is my preference, background.

Also, what type of bulbs do you have in the odyssea fixture? color temp?
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Are those Packer helmets I see in the background?
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The lights are 4x 65 watts at 6,400 K so I know I'm good there. And ya I'll add more sand eventually but I'm going out of town today so ya I can't really get elbow deep in aquarium water right now.
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