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Dear all

I am in the process of setting up a 100 gallon planted tank. I have got a 4 X 2 X 2 tank with a stand , canister filter and 300 watt heater. I have also got about 80 kg of laterite gravel and 2 bags of Amano power sand special

My first query is to understand whether the power sand is really needed or I can do with out it. Also wanted to know whether a timer is essential. I intend to stock it with Red rainbows, Cardinals, Pearl Gouramis and Coires after it has cycled an matured.

Any advice or suggestion would be greatly appreciated.
 

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I can't answer all your questions, but a timer is very important if you don't want to have to worry about turning on/off the light everyday. And they should only be a few dollars. I got a dual socket mechanical timer at a local home depot for about 4 dollars.
 

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So is it 90 gallon or 100 gallon?

From what i've read, the powersand is pretty useless. That being said, i recently used it in my 84 gallon tank just to try it out. It is supposed to increase water flow underneath the substrate. Some people complain that if you move stuff around it will come to the top and look pretty bad.
 

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I am from liter territory so i am not sure about the gallon. And it is a bit confusing with the Imperial and American gallon being different.

I wrote that in the assumption that we have to subtract 10 gallons for the inch + gap given at the top of the tank. If this is a 120 gallon tank ,all the better I suppose.

I have already procured two 2 liter bags of the powersand special. So unless it is really useless, i wouldn't want to return it back.

I am affixing four 40 w fluorescent tubes for the lighting .

cheers
 
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