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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-11-2017, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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Pool filter sand problems

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about two months ago i decided to start a new planted 40 gallon breeder tank. I was short on money so instead of buying a real aquarium plant substrate, I bought some cheap pool filter sand. At about the two week mark I added some guppies (still living in the tank.Two days ago i decided to finally add some plants after adding some root tabs and some flourish excel i thought they would be fine. When i checked on them today the plants looked fine but the roots were slowly rotting away. I would think this is lack of nutrients right? Anyway I moved the plants to a different tank and they are recovering, but how can i solve this problem? Should I add something to the sand, or should I just get rid of the sand and get some eco complete?

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Your pool filter sand will not provide nutrients to your plants but it is no different from the black blasting sand that a lot of us are now using.

If you can afford to spend some $ then I suggest to purchase an EI fert package from nilocg and dose your tank with fert to get everything growing. Even without CO2, the plant will grow as long all the necessary nutrients are provided.

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Originally Posted by DannyT View Post
...should I just get rid of the sand and get some eco complete?

Sand is fine as long a your dosing the water column. Eco complete is inert as well so you would still need to dose the water column. Root tabs can work but sometimes it's not enough depending on which root tabs your using and what else is provided by feeding and fish waste.

Depending on what you planted if the light isn't strong enough for those particular plants they won't survive either way.
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