Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Formerly Central Coast CA, Now in Bridgeport TX
Yeah, i wasnt sure about washing the sand first...I actually wound up pulling the tank entirely, replanting everything, thourougly washing the substrate, and then getting an additive that supposedly helps clear the water....now everything is doing well. I used Whitney farms washed sand...only problem was the grain may have been a little too small...out of 6 pounds i think i have about 2 1/2 - 3 lbs left. which is also why i couldnot get it out of suspension. I do have the filter style you mentioned, and it did indeed filter out quite a bit of the sand. I have very little surface agitation, but theres still plenty of flow. so it may have been counter productive. the filter is a topfin 30....its a 10 gallon tank - substrate sand and flourite, anacharis, creeping jenny, anubias, and two im unsure of my GF brought home from petco...but they are doing well.(one resembles amazon swords). one pleco, one betta, one female betta, and soon a german ram. pH is about 6.8.....the ram is sort of a gamble, but hopefully works out. eventually he will be relocated to my 25 gallon long, once its finished being setup.