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sand & latterite? NOW WITH PICS! 6/22

I am planning on setting up a 100gallon+ tank.
I was thinking play sand or pool filter sand
someone said to put a 1st layer laterite under it

also can someone explain the bacteria issue with sand?

i would put atlest a 2" depth

any suggestions

anyone have pics of their tanks?

thanks

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As per instructions, you add a small amount ie 1oz per gallon tank to ~1 in of substrate and mix throughly. Then cover with the rest of your substrate as you would. I used this setup with play sand, although its too early for me to comment on it really.
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sand help

i think i would go with play sand
if only i knew more about the gas pockets??

i have to turn the sand? or get mts but i dont want any snails soo
i gues i would ahve to turn it

but i just read that the plants take care of the air pockets

can someone help clear things up thanks

also playsand isnt to sharp for the sand lovers right?

thanks in advanced

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The laterite is larger in size and so will move to the surface of the sand over time. If you're ok with the look of that, then it's not a problem.

Pool filter sand tends to pretty popular choice, and also pretty cheap.

You can also take a skewer or a chopstick and poke it down in the substrate regularly to make sure you don't develop anaerobic spots. The key is circulation/water movement. If you have plant roots growing throughout your entire substrate then you also shouldn't have anaerobic spots b/c of the exchanges going on as the plant roots take in nutrients.

I personally prefer MTS, however. These snails don't bother me, since they're livebearers and don't leave their ugly little egg casings all over my tanks like other snails would. They burrow through the substrate and do the same job that earthworms do in an outside garden.





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alright
thanks all

I think i may just go with the play sand
and try poking the sand once in a while
if it doesnt work ill try the mts

thanks again

oh and joshp keep me updated thanks

ps pics wont hurt =]

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sorry i thought i would update with pics

im sorry its late...


this was my tank
until an unexpected crash when i was in europe
i lost all the discus





here is it now...





the separation by rocks seems to work well

until now i got a pair of kribs
that like making homes in the rocks so they
move the gravel arround and what not

oh well

what do you guys think?

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Oh I love your setup! Very nice!

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If your plan is laterite + sand, lay down the laterite on the bottom of the tank then place a fine mesh screen over the whole surface then put your sand down. This should help keep the substrate separated and you don't have to worry too much about settling. It will look unsightly if you mix the two and the sand settles to the depth of the laterite.
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I have a laterite/sand mixture in one of my tanks. I began keeping Geophagus species (eartheaters), so the whole mess gets stirred up frequently. The laterite looks mighty natural mixed with the pool filter sand that I have.
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