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Old 12-21-2003, 12:07 AM   #1
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So I just got my first Big tank. A 125 perfecto. I needed a bigger tank for my Uaru and my plecos. I know its a little over kill but I got a 75 as well but no stand so this one gets set up first. I kinda want sand but I heard that Uarus like a gravel bottom. I also heard that they like to mouth the substrate. Which mine does. That is one of the reasons that I went from ugly mixed gravel and galss and stuff to sand in the 30 hes in now. I plan on using a canister filter. I'm not sure what else will end up in there besides my plecos and Uarus but I plan to design it around them. I am kinda stumped besides a huge peice of bogwood that won't fit in any tank smaller. I like sand but not the white stuff. Or the black or colored stuff. For gravel I want round pieces but not those coated ones. I like a natural look. I would like to recreate the biotope these fish are from. Any help would be just plain awesome.
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Old 12-21-2003, 05:26 AM   #2
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Congrats Xander. A 125 is such a cool tank. Big, but not so deep that it's tough to work on. I spent a lot of time researching substrates for my 125 because to change it would be a PITA. However I wanted a planted tank.

After a lot of thought I opted against sand for the following reasons:
1. Grain size doesn't have the surface area for a good nitrifying bio mass
2. It would be difficult to keep the sand clean (the gravel washers would also remove it from the tank).
3. There are better substrates for plants.

IMO, you can get a very natural look with natural colored gravel in the 2-3mm range. Good Luck
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When vaccing a sand tank, you don't use a normal gravel vac.

Just use some airline hosing and hover it above the sand surface, just far enough away where it'll pick up the poo without disturbing the sand.
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Old 12-21-2003, 09:46 AM   #4
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Hmmm. That might be practical for smaller tanks, but a 125?
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Or get a cleanup crew, some snails and suckerfish eat deterius no?
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I think that's a myth William. In a heavily planted tank, the plants will use use it as nutrients.
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Old 12-21-2003, 10:59 AM   #7
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Well no plants alowed in mine. My uaru will tear them up in no time. I can't trust him near any sort of vegitation. He even steals the zuchinni from my plecos.
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I use sand in my tanks and have no problem keeping it clean. I even have one of them planted. I use a gravel vac to do the cleaning, digging in down into the sand to get at everthing. Yes this does pick up and remove some of the sand but I empty my dirty water into 16L pails, dump out the dirty water and let the sand settle on the bottom of the bucket them put it back into the tank. This way you don't loose the sand! And my house plants love the old fish water!!!
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