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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-30-2012, 11:36 AM Thread Starter
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Silly substrate experiment?

Anyone ever run a really, really thin tubing in their substrate and connect it to their air pump?

I figured this will keep a healthy air exchange especially for those of us with deep sand substrate (>3in).
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youre right...silly question

how would plants stay rooted if the substrate isnt "stable"? dont worry about aneorobic areas in the substrate as long as your tank is heavily planted...plants take oxygen with them in the roots as the roots spread

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Plus, it'll probably kick up all sorts of nasty and make for unpleasant viewing. Malaysian trumpet snails are awesome.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-31-2012, 11:13 PM
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Sounds like a reverse under gravel filter sort of thing. Sort of. RUGF is usually done with a power head, but it is pumping oxygen rich water under the substrate.

I'll bet drip irrigation tubing would make a nice, even supply of air! Better spread out than a bubble wand.
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