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Old 02-22-2011, 04:03 PM   #1
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How good would sand be for a freshwater planted tank
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:09 PM   #2
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Sand would be great for a planted tank. From what I have seen many plants need a finer substrate to root. Just getting my planted tank going but I have sand in mine, sand in every tank I own for that matter.
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Sand is fine. You may have to use root tabs if you have heavy root feeders, but that's simple enough.
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Old 02-22-2011, 04:20 PM   #4
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Glad I cleared that up some of the sights I have been to said that sand is the worst thing for plants also any type of sand or aquarium sand
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I like PFS. I can't speak from experience, as I'm just now setting up my planted tank, but I've got PFS and some root tabs.
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Old 02-22-2011, 06:26 PM   #6
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I've used play sand from home depot before it just need to be rinsed a few times and it pretty cheap 50lbs for about $5 pretty good for bigger tanks.

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Old 02-22-2011, 06:28 PM   #7
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+1 for rookie about the root tabs... just ordered some myself

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play sand is too fine IMO. I tried it and absolutely hated it. PFS doesn't get sucked up in the filter or gravel vac, and doesn't create a 'dust storm' if fish dig around in it
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What does pfs stand for
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pool filter sand
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:09 PM   #12
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The play sand does leave a cloud I had that problem too but after it finally did settle the water has been crystal clear. I do run a diatom filter once a month so that probably helped too. I do hear alot of good things about pfs though. I have sand from my lfs too and thats what I plan on planting in so who really knows lol.

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I just paid 10 bucks for 50 pounds of pool filter sand. It's my understanding that most sands are too fine. They tend to pack down and block the flow of water beneath the surface of the sand thereby creating "dead" zones within the tank. The PFS has a diamater of between .45 mm and .55 mm which should be perfect for a bottom. Idealy, you'd first lay down a 1 inch layer of soil and cover it with sand to provide a better environment for the root growth of your plants. Bill in Va.
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