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Using play sand and gravel together?

I was wondering if it would be a good idea to mix some play sand with some "natural" gravel I have. Would it look alright? Would it be safe and healthy for plants to grow in?
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The sand will likely just settle to the bottom over time. Also, some types of sands can leech things into your water (ie. silicates)

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I'm okay with it sinking to the bottom over time. Infact I will probably add it to the bottom to start with. I plan to boil the ssand first if that matters.
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Lots of people use sand, and it can grow plants just fine in many cases. I'm just curious, why are you adding to it the bottom? Just to get extra depth?

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With regards to boiling it, I don't think it really matters. I don't think the leeching issue is very important, I'm pretty sure it is largely a myth. I didn't mean to concern you. https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/su...king-sand.html

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Yea I'm just doing it to add a little extra deph just in case. I would hate to get plants in there and find out it's not good enough. Oh and I'm only boiling becuase I like keeping things clean lol.
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Usually around 3" of depth is sufficient for most plants. Hope it works out for you!

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Well it's a nano(2.5 gallons) so hopefully it's a little less then that. Would topsoil work or do I need aquatic soil? Does anyone use top soil?
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Plenty of people use regular soil, but you need to go through a few steps before it's ready to use. Do a search on here. There was a pretty good discussion about it recently. Tom Barr has a good method where you can boil or bake it prior to use to make it suitable for use

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https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/su...substrate.html
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/su...ing-setup.html

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i have used play sand in a number of tanks. gravel can have a nice effect if you sprinkle a little bit on top, but i would recommend against mixing sand and gravel together. jumbled grain sizes can create problems with compaction.
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