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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 07-01-2008, 04:24 PM Thread Starter
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Question Sand substrate with ADA in Pots

I have been looking and I have found a mention or two of this but nothing in depth. I want to do a white sand substrate and plant the live plants in pots of ADA. Has anyone had any success with this? I have a 55 gal with Rena filter.

My hubby is in the Air Force so I have to break down and completely re-do my tank every couple of years. We just moved again and I am planning on trying a low tech planted tank, I was thinking of ADA but the cost of it when I will completely re-do in two years semed silly. We are living in the middle of no-where (the LFS had never even heard of Eco-complete) and I will have to order EVERYTHING. UGH $$$$.

I am planning on something along the lines of http://showcase.aquatic-gardeners.or...0&vol=3&id=141.


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There's no reason that wouldn't work, but I bet you could do a whole 55g with 2 9L bags. One 9L bag fills two 10g tanks with a little to spare. A 10g is 20"x10" x2 = 40"x10" quite close to a 55g = 48"x12".

Instead of pots, just put the aquasoil down along the back, or perhaps just in the corners. Use a plexiglass divider if you like to help. Then lay the sand down. You could get away with a bag or less this way.

That tank you linked is spectacular, but 55g isn't 375!
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375 Gallon

If someone wants to donate a 375 gallon tank to an Air Force spouse I would Gladly take it....
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