Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Portland, Oregon USA
Noob Question Need Help
Hello all, i am fairly new to the forums and planted tanks as well. So here is bit of background before i ask my question.
I have been growing plants in a 30 gallon tank for almost a year now with only gravel for a substrate, and no florite. I do around 15-20% water changes twice a week and only use the python on the gravel maybe once a month. My plants thrive, enough so that i have had to give some away to keep swimming space for my cardinals.
Well i just bought a 75 gallon bowfront and was looking into substrates. I have access to alot of bricks and thought maybe i could crush them with a mini sledge, then put the desired sized peices in a 5 gallon bucket with holes drilled in the bottom and stir them harshly with the handle end of a spade while they are being sprayed with water to dull the edges.
My question is, is it safe to use crushed brick in a planted tank that will house a large school of cardinals? (my school isnt large yet as my original tank is small) I have looked and looked via google but have found little info on this and what i did find was vague, also some say its fine, others say dont do it. Lastly, these are red bricks and i also was wondering if i could mix a bit of crushed terra cotta in to mix it up a bit?
Thanks in advance everyone! Jesse