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I am getting ready to set up a new tank, but I want to make it easy for myself to reuse the soil in the future if I want to rescape, without having all the soil mixed up with powersand. I have had this issue in the past and it gets annoying, and expensive when I have to keep buying more soil

So I was thinking about putting the Power Sand inside a meshed bag below the soil so that it is accessible to the bacteria or plant roots, but easy to remove without having it all mixed up with the soil. I was just wondering, has anybody done this before?, and if so, what meshed or similar bag did you use?

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Fiberglass window screen and some epoxy and make your own custom sized bag. You can even glue smaller bags on top of bottom bags for terraces and use silicone to glue rock on it if needed.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Phifer-3...3947/100390885

$8 and there’s a billion other uses for this stuff in aquariums. Just fiberglass screen with a pvc sting. Strong, durable, will last for decades underwater which can’t be said for nylon or polyester bags. Mesh size is perfect to let plant roots through.
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Hello,

I am getting ready to set up a new tank, but I want to make it easy for myself to reuse the soil in the future if I want to rescape, without having all the soil mixed up with powersand. I have had this issue in the past and it gets annoying, and expensive when I have to keep buying more soil

So I was thinking about putting the Power Sand inside a meshed bag below the soil so that it is accessible to the bacteria or plant roots, but easy to remove without having it all mixed up with the soil. I was just wondering, has anybody done this before?, and if so, what meshed or similar bag did you use?

Thanks
I have not tried it but my understanding is that the powersand dissolves slowly over time. This is why it must be capped by aquasoil. Definitely try your idea or DaveKS' version but it might not work. Only time will tell.


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I have not tried it but my understanding is that the powersand dissolves slowly over time. This is why it must be capped by aquasoil. Definitely try your idea or DaveKS' version but it might not work. Only time will tell.
I don't think the powersand it dissolves, and if so, it would probably need years and years and years. In previous setups, I mixed it in and when I wanted to reuse the soil all the power sand pellets where all over the soil. It reduces the aesthetic of the new scape if using that "contaminated" soil, and would require me to buy additional soil to pour a top layer to cover the bottom layer.

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Fiberglass window screen and some epoxy and make your own custom sized bag. You can even glue smaller bags on top of bottom bags for terraces and use silicone to glue rock on it if needed.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Phifer-3...3947/100390885

$8 and thereís a billion other uses for this stuff in aquariums. Just fiberglass screen with a pvc sting. Strong, durable, will last for decades underwater which canít be said for nylon or polyester bags. Mesh size is perfect to let plant roots through.
Yeah, I might give that a try. I also saw some nylon bags online for ($5.00) - 5 bags. So I might get some.


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