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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-05-2002, 02:41 AM Thread Starter
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I want to set up a tank with sand for substrate. has anyone done this? 20 gallon tank
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Sand can be used in planted tanks, but a bottom layer of the substrate must be enrinched with nutrients, such as laterite or something, such as plant spikes since sand is basically crushed gravel. If you have sand, it will actually weight your plants down much better than regular gravel.

Cleaning sand can be much more difficult, just hold the gravel cleaner above the sand, but don't clean it like gravel cause you will suck up the gravel! Hope this helps!

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Tim's suggestions are all good. What I've done with sand tanks is just skim the surface to pick up mulm and debris and pick up just the top layer of sand. Eventually I needed to add more sand, but it's a pretty easy balance to maintain.

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One of the best planted tanks I ever had was years ago when I was so broke. I went out and scooped some dirt out of the garden, rinsed it in a pail, and planted it with vals, swords, and bacopa. I layed a shop light over it with two 40 watt P&A bulbs. I had to trim it twice a week so the light could reach the bottom. I had fancy guppies in there and they loved it. For a filter it had a plastic triangular box with filter floss and an air hose. If you are religeous with your water changes you should be fine. :hehe:

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