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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-31-2007, 06:42 PM Thread Starter
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Lake Huron beach sand/gravel

Is there any problem with using Lake Huron beach sand/gravel. I know it has Zebra mussel and snail shells in it, but I may be able to get rid of most of the bigger pieces. I would wash and screen it first.
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my family summers along the lake north of Toronto.
the water is so clean you can drink it, and the shallow
long beaches are spotless. it should make a great
substrate, just try to keep the grain size under 5mm.
the shell bits will provide useful calcium, so no need
to pick them all out.


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Question sifted the lake gravel

So I sifted the lake gravel and now have fine sand, very fine gravel (about 2mm or less) gravel (about 3mm) and coarse stone between 3 and 5mm. I was thinking I would put down about one 1 inch of the fine sand, then about 3/4 inch of the fine gravel mixed with a bag of Eco Substrate, and top with the 3mm gravel. If needed I could use some of the coarse stone towards the back. What do you think. My first planted tank has a bottom layer of subsoil clay and vermiculite topped with coarse stone, over 5mm. The plants are doing Ok even in Woodstocks water, but if I try and move a plant with big roots, the clay clouds the water for days. I would like to try a tank without the clay and vermiculite. What do you think?
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the water is so clean you can drink it, and the .
Eek, you brave one! Remember fish logic....even if water looks clean it doesn't always mean that it is. I boat/fish/swim/pee in lake Huron.
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I set up the tank with the gravel from Lake Huron. I planted the tank and put in the fish, so far so good, nice and clear.
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