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Ryzilla's new 10g Shrimp and snail tank Journal (56k!) Sand beach update 4-15

This is a 10g with a mix of gravel. It will have 30w of 6500k light. It will be get all ferts micro and macro. Im not sure if this will me DIY or excel since I have a 10g biowheel filter.

As of right now I just have a hardscape. I recently sifted 50lb's of mixed white/brown/flourite/laterite gravel through a 3mm colander I made myself with a drill and I plastic container. That took me 2 1/2 hours. I just set up the hardscape with some rocks and some wood. Well here it is, the beggining of my shrimp and red ramshorn tank.

Here is a shot of my gravel


the whole layout


closeup rocks


closeup wood

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IMO, you are better off just using the flourite. Those hardscapes deserve a better looking substrate, no offense. They just look too good to be on that kind of mixture, hope you give it a thought.
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IMO, you are better off just using the flourite. Those hardscapes deserve a better looking substrate, no offense. They just look too good to be on that kind of mixture, hope you give it a thought.
I sifted out all the large peices of the white gravel. Does the white ruin the hardscape that much?

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I did not care for the white either. But everyones taste is different. If you like it that is all that matters. The others colors looked fine to me though.
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I sifted out all the large peices of the white gravel. Does the white ruin the hardscape that much?
I honestly think that if you are going or a natural theme, yes it would. ADA sand or regular sand is what I would recommend if you were going to choose something to be similar to white.

But it is up to you, i'm just giving advice
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I honestly think that if you are going or a natural theme, yes it would. ADA sand or regular sand is what I would recommend if you were going to choose something to be similar to white.

But it is up to you, i'm just giving advice
This is just the old gravel I had laying around. Its got some good stuff in it though, laterite and flourite. Unfortunatley the white is from my oscar tank I had 5 years ago and before I new what I was doing I mixed flourite with it when I turned over to planted. I sifted all the gravel and I got left with the small grains of white . Maybe I will run to petsmart on monday and have them price match a bag of flourite. Do you think I could get some moon sand and lay it ontop of that current substrate. Maybe about an inch of moonsand? Where can I get a larger grain sand?

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This is just the old gravel I had laying around. Its got some good stuff in it though, laterite and flourite. Unfortunatley the white is from my oscar tank I had 5 years ago and before I new what I was doing I mixed flourite with it when I turned over to planted. I sifted all the gravel and I got left with the small grains of white . Maybe I will run to petsmart on monday and have them price match a bag of flourite. Do you think I could get some moon sand and lay it ontop of that current substrate. Maybe about an inch of moonsand? Where can I get a larger grain sand?
I wouldn't recommend so many substrates together, it just makes it look really tacky. If you are interested in looking for a substrate with different grain sizes, I would recommend Eco Complete. The bag contains sand like grains as well as larger grains and could probably work out for you. You will only need 1 bag for a 10g, try that out ...
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Issue is that it is all mixed up, that's what makes it look bad. The visible gravel should be some-what uniform in color/shape.
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looks like I am going to go out and buy another bag of flourite. I thought I would be able to use this really old mix of gravels, but maybe ill have to toss it.. Or do you think I can cover it with an inch of course sand?

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jsut redo it, because over time the gravel will mix in with the sand and still be noticeable
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and also i thnk you would like eco complete, ada, or flora base substrates better than flourite. flourite is kind of big and "rocky" its up to you what type you like.
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i wouldnt change it because eventually it will be all covered with plants anyways....

also if u like it its fine, all suggestions are great but its all about you remember! then again a bag of procematched flourite or something is only like $14

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and also i thnk you would like eco complete, ada, or flora base substrates better than flourite. flourite is kind of big and "rocky" its up to you what type you like.
Flourite rocks.. i use 100% flourite in my 30g, 4 bags of it.

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Isn't fluorite somewhat magnetic? Could you remove it using magnets, then add another bag?

I would agree that you should nip this in the bud now rather than later . . . . if it's unattractive to YOUR eye!
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If you wanna keep it, I would dig out an area in front and fill it with sand. The trick is not to "cover" but to "put it in back" of a more attractive substrate. People say "it'll just mix up" but really it's quite easy to keep substrates separate from each other.
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