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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 02-02-2011, 12:16 AM Thread Starter
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Substrate + Sand?

Is it okay if I add sand to my Fluval Stratum? The substrate is frustrating to plant and I don't like how murky it gets my water.
I was wondering if i could add a layer of sand on top of it. Would it affect anything? I am a completely new to planted tanks.
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Welcome to TPT! Once everything settles the water should clear up, but no reason why you cant add in some sand. What substrate are you currently using? I would suggest having something beneficial for the plants and then adding a layer of sand over the top though.

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I have sand on top of my Carbisea substrate for my 10g. I want to use the Fluval Shrimp Stratum, so I have about the same question as you LOL. But, I think as long as the fert substate you're using is beneficial I don't see why not. I use sand because I *hate* the color of the fert substrate. But then, the substrate eventually emerged into my sand so I have to deal with it til I get the 46g going.

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