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Tan Sand

Yes. Estes tan reef sand. My tank was originally a fish-only tank, and I chose this sand because I wanted to keep loaches. I looked at regular silica sand under a microscope and was shocked to see how much it looked like shards of glass. The Estes reef sand, however, while still made of silica, had nice, rounded grains. The loaches love it, and I still think it was a good choice at the time. I love the look of it.

http://www.frontiernet.net/~sandfort/Karl/Aquaria/30_asian.htm

I've been trying to grow plants in it for about two months. Not having much success. The plants don't seem to like it, and algae becomes dominant. There must be some trick to it, though, like selecting the right plants. I dunno, I'm going to keep trying to grow plants in sand. I'm sure other people have done it.
 

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turtlehead, did you see my pics?

Andrew, I did the reading. I think what I'm trying to do is too difficult for a beginner, but the tank has the sand in it, so I guess I'll just keep experimenting. I've got floating plants in there, and they're doing OK. Maybe more rhizome plants like Java Ferns and Anubias.
 
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