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Old 02-22-2012, 09:48 PM   #1
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From gravel to sand!

I couldn't find any good sand here in this little Alaskan town. I was going to use creek sand or glacial sand, but then my LFS owner told me it would decay in 2 months. So, I decided no sand. Then he gave me 40lbs of white sand he wasn't using any longer!

It's gorgeous! I am so happy! The sand is in my daughters community tank and the kuhli loaches and corydoras are so happy This tank has been changing over from my 10 year old son to our 14 year old daughter. So, a lot of things are changing; decor, background, substrate ect. It's tons of fun to see the transformation from "his" to "hers".

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We will be adding more java moss, Corkscrew Val, and floating plants...unsure which kind as of now.
What a difference this tank has made from skulls and gravel; a cluttered mess, to pristine and simple. Love it!
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Old 02-23-2012, 09:03 PM   #2
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Really nice, the sand looks great!
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Thank you very much. I really think it looks nice too. I just put the plants in 2 days ago, so it's pretty bare right now. I can't wait till it fills in.
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Man I love the kuli loaches but they always get eaten in my 120 gallon community if I could get them large like yours but I can only seem to find small ones
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Man I love the kuli loaches but they always get eaten in my 120 gallon community if I could get them large like yours but I can only seem to find small ones
They are cool. Mine were quite small when I got them, but man did they grow fast!!! In one month they filled out and went from 1" to 2.8" in the first month. Now they are closing in on 4". Been less than 6 months.

I have some in with sand and others in with gravel. When I changed over from gravel to sand in this aquarium, the kuhlis seemed to like the change, but I have found the ones in the gravel actually fair better than those with sand because they can actually HIDE. They burrow into the smooth gravel and are safe and don't resurface until they are bigger. The ones in the sand tank are always ontop of the sand fully exposed...They hide beneath the plants but still...not as good a hiding spot as with the gravel.
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Added new background, some driftwood and two new plants. LFS didn't know what these were, but I thought I'd give it a shot. If they die, big bummer because they cost $40, but if they live, terrific!!!

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The big plant is a sword they are really heavy root feeders. Do you have root in the sand?
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The big plant is a sword they are really heavy root feeders. Do you have root in the sand?
Sorry I ment "root tabs"
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The big plant is a sword they are really heavy root feeders. Do you have root in the sand?
Oh okay! Thanks! Actually, I haven't taken it out of the pot yet because I was trying to figure out how to care for it. So, move the sand, put down tons of root tabs in the area and then put the plant ontop and bury with sand? Is that right? Is it a low-light plant (hopefully )
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Oh okay! Thanks! Actually, I haven't taken it out of the pot yet because I was trying to figure out how to care for it. So, move the sand, put down tons of root tabs in the area and then put the plant ontop and bury with sand? Is that right? Is it a low-light plant (hopefully )
Sorry, can u start a thread on it? I would love to help you there!! I don't want to go too off topic
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