To sand or not to sand?

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Plain natural brown gravel that we bought from a company called Cook Industrial Minerals in Jandakot. We bought it from them and bagged it up at the shop to sell to customers.

There are a number of different gudgeons with the peacocks being the smallest. I had those and in different tanks I had Mogurnda mogurnda.

Are those the purple-spotted ones?
 

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IME, play sand has more fine grains, which is beneficial for sand-digging fishes.

Here is a picture just to give you an idea of what I'm talking about:
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(Ignore the cory ;))
 

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Those were my reasons for not going with sand. I was afraid of the "gas" pockets and didn't know how my lo-tech plants would do...
The "gas pocket" thing is a myth, depending on who you ask...I stir up my sand (5" deep in some spots) occasionally, with no issues
 
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I am concerned about my plants in sand.
@PheonixKingZ , are you planting in substrate now? I know both of us are huge fans of floaters, what say you?

@Slaphppy7 ...? Not familiar with your tanks and stocking yet; I think you joined while I was on forum break. Plants in sand? What kinds?
 

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What is your concern?
Sand grows plants as well as gravel, regardless of the plant.
 
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What is your concern?
Sand grows plants as well as gravel, regardless of the plant.
Lack of knowledge and a pinch of common sense. It just seems hard for me to imagine some of the more delicate roots having the ability to push through, although I know dwarf hairgeass will and lots of other sorts be ause I e seen pics, but my plants are Hornwort, Anacharis,, occasional annubius, some val, creeping charlie...
 
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