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Play sand, thin layer?

I am going to rescape my heavily planted low tech 29 g tank. The major change would be using play sand as the substrate for mainly decoration purposes (I currently have fluorite black substrate). Then grow plants such as anubias, java fern, etc, that don't need to root into the substrate to grow (I will attach them to woods and rocks). Since the sand is only decorative, I wonder if I could do away with a thin layer, for the ease of maintenance. I am thinking maybe 0.5 inch for the ease of vacuum cleaning and then no churning needed at all. I have no experience with sand, so what do you guys think?

Edit: I forgot to mention that I also plan to grow duckweed on the water surface.
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maybe i will use an even thinner layer of sand i think.
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Its my understand that Malaysian trumpet snails do a very good job of stirring sand.

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Its my understand that Malaysian trumpet snails do a very good job of stirring sand.
you are right. i plan to put some in there.
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Use pool filter sand instead. Play sand has too many fines, and while I understand you are using a thin enough layer to avoid anaerobic pockets, it is also dusty. And keeps being dusty.

Pool filter sand is all particles on one size. Does not pack down, and much less dust. An initial rinsing is all it needs.
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Use pool filter sand instead. Play sand has too many fines, and while I understand you are using a thin enough layer to avoid anaerobic pockets, it is also dusty. And keeps being dusty.

Pool filter sand is all particles on one size. Does not pack down, and much less dust. An initial rinsing is all it needs.
thanks a lot for the info! i found a local pool supply store and they seem to carry the filter sand from online info. will definitely go for it!
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I don't have experience with pool filter sand, but I put play sand in my daughters' 10 gallon, and am glad I didn't put it in anything bigger. Even after washing (and washing, and washing) it still is impossible to clean because of how fine it is. I am planning on switching it out soon.


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thanks for the input! i bought a 50 pound bag of pool filter sand for $9 today, and boy, is it easy to rinse! since i only need a thin layer, i only needed to rinse a few pounds of it. now i don't know what to do with the rest of the sand. set up a 120 gallon tank? lol!
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