Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Chicago, IL / Philadelphia, PA
Should I reuse my flourite black sand?
My tank has been shut down for the last 2 months while I spend the summer in FL. Meanwhile, my plants are outside growing out in a bucket. I am looking forward to getting back to Chicago next month to start my tank back up but I plan on going a different direction with the tank this semester. It's a 30c that used to be a high-light, high-tech setup and I used flourite black sand. Now I want to do a low-light, low-tech setup with only epiphytes like java fern and bolbitis and some java moss. I worry that with the high CEC of flourite sand that there will be too many nutrients locked into the old substrate not to mention the thousands of MTS that probably died in the sand when I took it out last May. Since there will be no root feeders in the new setup I was wondering if I would be better off using an new inert sand to avoid an algae outbreak when I start up the tank next month. Petco has a nice light gray sand for $1/lb I was thinking of using.