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Old 06-20-2013, 10:49 AM   #1
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Can someone show me where to buy aquarium sand for my 100 gallon 39Lx20Wx27H tank? How much would I need to achieve a thickness of 2 inches for live plants?
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:51 AM   #2
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Can someone show me where to buy aquarium sand for my 100 gallon 39Lx20Wx27H tank? How much would I need to achieve a thickness of 2 inches for live plants?
Play sand is good. Or pool filter sand. Don't let yourself get ripped off spending a fortune on 'aquarium' sand. Give them a good rinse and you're good to go! You get MUCH more for your money. No idea how much you'll need for that size tank, I'm sure someone can advise!
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:53 AM   #3
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I was looking online and all the sand I saw was out the roof! But how do the plants get nutrients from this?
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Aquarium sand and pool filter sand are no different in regards to plants. I used 100 pounds for my 125 of menards pool filter sand.
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Think about 80 pound would be good for me? How would you recommend cleaning it?
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With a vacuum. You hold it's about an inch above the sand it sucks everything off the top
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I meant before I put it in the tank.
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Pour it in to a five gallon bucket use a hose to fill its serial and stir it till it runs clear and not cloudy
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You can wash half a bucket at a time till you get it clean or you can run a hose in the bag opening both ends to let water out of one side. Plats that have roots will need root tabs at first.
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Root tabs?
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Fertilizers for the plants
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I have a liquid fertilizer that you can pour in the water and it won't effect PH.
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I would recommend pool sand as it is a little more heavy than play sand. Some people find it hard to clean.
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What kind of plant are you thinking of using?
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Go to Home Depot for sand it's less than $7.
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I'm not entirely sure what plants I want to use yet. What kind would you recommend?
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I used pool sand and it came out great, I used 100 Pounds for my 72g, i filled a 5 gallon bucket about 1/4 full with sand and flushed out sand till water ran clear
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Anubias and java fern are plats you can place on rock or wood and don't need ferts. I would stay in the low light spectrum now.
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Would this work?

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Anyone know of a good small bottom feeded for my tropical tank its planted and has sand and i could do with a bottom feeder to stir it up once in a while? sorry for off topic post couldent think of anywere else to post it!
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