"I wouldn't use sand unless it is a very course sand. You don't want it to compact."
> I use a mix of sand from very fine to 1/8"-1/4" grains. This is simply construction sand that I rinse clear. I would say however, 70% is fine sand
"WAIT a minute, I just noticed this. You are judging your success with only going two months? Two months is nothing! Bro, seriously."
> I'll run this experiment for 1 year. Of course people will say at one year, "It can take Years for some organics just to decompose. Its doubtful you have any anaerobic areas yet. Give it 2 to 3 years"
If I had a better camera, it's clear that the green material, grass/weeds are gone in the substrate, I was purposeful in having some of that near the glass. There are very black areas under the sand which may or may be Anaerobic.?? There are several color changes in the substrate. I will try to take picks to update the thread.
"Like I said you can live with anaerobic spots, and apparently you do it very well! That is if you have anaerobic spots."
> Nice Back peddle
"Maybe you don't! Maybe you just have stinky water"
> There's no exceptional oder, it smells the same as all my planted tank. Interestingly, it's my Coffee Bowl project that smells. That is still in dry start.
"A clay gravel would be better than sand because it is porous and holds oxygen as well as minerals. Sand has no minerals and cannot hold oxygen."
> I've seem this type of a statement used in many of these discussions. The sand contains the dirt for the sake of the viewer of the aquarium. The plants don't care and neither do the Inverts & Fish. When I've moved plants in that tank, the shrimp will swam to the place were I've disturbed the cap.
the 2nd function is to give a good anchor point for new roots. More important with plants with delicate roots.
> I built this tank to challenge the some of the "rules". Many of which you have presented in your posts. Most of which, logically don't make any sense to anyone that has ever seem any aquatic plants grow in nature.
" Beautiful tank!"
> Thank you, not a lot of thought was given to Aquascaping. I wanted a wide variety of plants. They were placed somewhat by need light/water movement and growth potential. most are cuttings & ROAKs. Some babies from my other tanks.