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In about 11 months I'll be setting up 10x3x22 and 8x4x22 (I went with 22 inches instead of 24 since i have problem reaching the bottom of the 24 and my tanks are heavily planted).

What sand did you use for your substrate and did you put a clay layer below it ?
 
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In about 11 months I'll be setting up 10x3x22 and 8x4x22 (I went with 22 inches instead of 24 since i have problem reaching the bottom of the 24 and my tanks are heavily planted).

What sand did you use for your substrate and did you put a clay layer below it ?
Substrates play sand🙂 I never use clay or anything other than root tabs for my planted tanks.
 

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Substrates play sand🙂 I never use clay or anything other than root tabs for my planted tanks.
What is the longest you have run a tank with play sand and which brand? The reason i ask is some substrates don't age well and i want something that will last a long time - i suspect play sand doesn't have a problem because it is largely silicate but some substrate will compact too much and create aneraboic pockets.
 
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What is the longest you have run a tank with play sand and which brand? The reason i ask is some substrates don't age well and i want something that will last a long time - i suspect play sand doesn't have a problem because it is largely silicate but some substrate will compact too much and create aneraboic pockets.
Ive used it for around 3 years or so now, i use it in all my tanks.
I get it from a store called Argos here in the UK. 15kg bags for £5.50 which is a great deal compared to aquarium branded sands.

I believe Quikrete Play Sand is your equivalent in the states and you can get it from a Home depot or lowes store if i remember correctly🙂
 

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Ive used it for around 3 years or so now, i use it in all my tanks.
I get it from a store called Argos here in the UK. 15kg bags for £5.50 which is a great deal compared to aquarium branded sands.

I believe Quikrete Play Sand is your equivalent in the states and you can get it from a Home depot or lowes store if i remember correctly🙂
Yup, its Quikrete... They have a lot of things to be used in aquariums... They have sand, river pebbles, river stones, and other rock options... And they are all very cheap compared to aquarium brand decor
 

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Yup, its Quikrete... They have a lot of things to be used in aquariums... They have sand, river pebbles, river stones, and other rock options... And they are all very cheap compared to aquarium brand decor
I'm switching out my dragon rock for their stones after my vaca
 

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Yup, its Quikrete... They have a lot of things to be used in aquariums... They have sand, river pebbles, river stones, and other rock options... And they are all very cheap compared to aquarium brand decor
Actually I am more likely to use HTH pool filter sand; given the requirement of the fishes i will be stocking.
 

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Actually I am more likely to use HTH pool filter sand; given the requirement of the fishes i will be stocking.
But for cheap rocks and such Quikrete is really good I've heard. I've heard pool filter sand is a really good substrate for aquariums!
 
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And so my jealousy gets stronger 😅
Lol my phones just full of fish pictures. Ill just be watching my tanks and want to capture everything😀

I do like to look back and see how the fish and tanks have progressed over time tho. Find it very rewarding when they all look nice and healthy and doing good😍

Look at my little Ellioti's😍 so cute. Will have to take them to my LFS soon because they are nearly ready. So going too miss them😪
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Lol my phones just full of fish pictures. Ill just be watching my tanks and want to capture everything😀

I do like to look back and see how the fish and tanks have progressed over time tho. Find it very rewarding when they all look nice and healthy and doing good😍

Look at my little Ellioti's😍 so cute. Will have to take them to my LFS soon because they are nearly ready. So going too miss them😪 View attachment 157147View attachment 157148View attachment 157149View attachment 157150View attachment 157151View attachment 157152View attachment 157153View attachment 157154
Sorry you have to let those guys go :(. But im sure anyone would take them! They're very vibrant and healthy!
 
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Really happy with these two set ups atm. Wasnt sure if id like going from planted to bio on the big Rio but i love it. Its a joy to sit and watch.

P.s sorry about the barking in the back ground. I let the dogs out back so our parrot Rosie thinks she needs to join in barking at the birds and squrriels in the garden.
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Was missing some activity near the top of this tank so i purchased a nice group of Hyphessobrycon columbianus (colombian Tetra) which ive been fond of for a while. Was just waiting to come across some a decent size like this group.⏬
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Metynnis Fasasciatus are growing lovely and pretty quickly (my wifes new favourites)⏬20220522_204458.jpg20220522_203957.jpg
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Herotilapia multispinosa are little beauties and so pleasant for cichlids
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Theraps bocourti aka Big Bertha is just in A1 condition and will be insane when fully grown⏬
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King tiger plec's are just stunning⏬
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Thorichthys ellioti and one of his fry⏬😍
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Wow just wow!!! Whats your stocking list now?
 

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