I am now a true believer in inert sand as a substrate. - The Planted Tank Forum
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I've never had an easier time carpeting a plant, especially since I've always used eco complete. 2 months of growth and I'm staggered.

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Yup, sand is great stuff! Thoroughly enjoying it myself.
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I have never use anything else, but I do love it. I move things around a lot too, so it helps that I am not worried about a dirt mess! Personal preference!



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Yeah, it's great !
It's too bad that more hobbyists don't come to the same conclusion & trust in PFS.
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Eco Complete is the next best thing to an inert substrate.
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Eco Complete is the next best thing to an inert substrate.
I mean, it's nice, and looks nice (black) but the makeup of it pertaining to grain size makes fiddling around with carpet plants more challenging since getting something to stay rooted when the plantlet you're trying to anchor is smaller than a grain of eco..... well, sand is 100% easier to work with for tweezer guided planting of individual tiny stems of plant.

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I have only used black diamond blasting sand, but Iíve never been satisfied. It seems like the plants are growing out of the substrate. I was planning on doing dirt with a black diamond cap, maybe I should reconsider and just do a deeper layer of sand?


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I got what you were saying. My mind was wandering aloud, lol. Nice carpet!
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How deep is your sand, nanous?

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I have never use anything else, but I do love it. I move things around a lot too, so it helps that I am not worried about a dirt mess! Personal preference!
I neglected to mention that benefit, thank you! Moving plants around is super easy with sand, no explosion of mulm or dirt if a plant gets jiggled a little too hard during trimming.

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The sand doesn't need to be deep - the less deep, the safer it is (from anaerobic gas pockets) - really - no more than 2" near tank frontage - to 2.5"/3.0" for larger rooted plants in rear tank areas.
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The sand doesn't need to be deep - the less deep, the safer it is (from anaerobic gas pockets) - really - no more than 2" near tank frontage - to 2.5"/3.0" for larger rooted plants in rear tank areas.
I keep a healthy population of Malaysian Trumpet Snails in my sand tanks to keep the substrate well turned. I frequently see air bubbles getting kicked up out of the substrate.
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If you check out my journal you will see I run BDBS beyond 7 inches deep. One tank I keep lava rock under the sand, and a second tank I just set up is just sand that deep (with supports to keep it from rolling down).

To each their own, but personally not to worried about that depth of sand.

Also, for planting I find having minimum 2-3 inches helps. Any less and it can be difficult to keep things planted.



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are you dosing this tank?

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EI Dosing with GLA dry ferts.

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I can't quote, I can't quote.........php error. Help...............

Yeah the PFS is great stuff, like you sad that and EI dosng/co2 will pretty much grow anything, even the "heavy root feeders". A myth debunked
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