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Thread: Journal - Sand-based CO2 generating sub

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    Default Journal - Sand-based CO2 generating sub

    Hi Folks,

    Odie_88 came over two Sundays ago to help me with the set up of this 3ft tank and take photos to post here as a journal.

    Here's the ingredients:


    Marble Chips and Blood & Bone as Dynamic Lifter

    River sand

    Propagating sand

    Mineral & Bacteria supplements
    Thanks for all the fish!

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    ahh, i recall that some tuscan path stuff is deadly due to the coloured coatings on the pebbles. Should double check if the ones you have are artificially coloured or not.

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    They don't colour the white, as it comes naturally in that colour - it's called marble.

    Easy to test. Place a small amount in a glass and cover with cider vinegar. Marble bubbles as the acid dissolves it.
    Thanks for all the fish!

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    Im confused which is the marble? Colourful sand or Colourful Stones?

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    They're exactly the same, just different size.
    Thanks for all the fish!

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    Does the river sand go on top as the final layer?

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    Default Layering the Substrate

    Here's the process...


    1st Layer - Blood & Bone

    then the Marble chips

    2nd Layer - the unwashed River Sand

    3rd - Mineral & Bacteria supplements

    this is part of the Flora Root supplement, meant to activate it

    4th & Final Layer - clean washed Propagating Sand

    Cover with plastic, ready to fill



    2/3 full & ready for planting
    Thanks for all the fish!

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    Should be able to grow anything in that Tone ,What Is the lucky tank occupants.
    And how long before you can stock the Tank

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    I put RCS & guppies in the next day. All happy and healthy...
    Thanks for all the fish!

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    Just checking....

    The dynamc lifter pellets went in with the blood & bone and marble chips, right?

    Did you use bothe the "sand" & "stones"? Looked as if it was just the stones.

    Cheers,
    Scott

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    Who would have thought? After all of those rules about no marble in the tank, being careful about volatile substances in there - but I'm assuming you know what you're up to, you are a genius after all. Can't wait to see how it comes on Tone!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ghoti View Post
    Just checking....

    The dynamc lifter pellets went in with the blood & bone and marble chips, right?

    Did you use bothe the "sand" & "stones"? Looked as if it was just the stones.

    Cheers,
    Scott
    The DL is 90% B&B with Pot Ash. It therefore, provides additional potassium, which is often deficient.

    For the record, I used the marble chips - not the marble "sand". However, from experience, it doesn't make any difference which of these you use.

    Carolyn, I'll post a pic later today. Not much to see, as I only planted it yesterday. Should look great by Easter.
    Thanks for all the fish!

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    Default Tank now planted

    Here's a few pics of the tank, planted it this morning.

    The tank's a bit cloudy due to digging around in it. And the glass is scratched... it's an OLD tank.

    LHS

    RHS

    RHS with more height

    And here's Paul, the FW Sole
    Thanks for all the fish!

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    BTW - a big THANK YOU! to Simon for helping out with stems and taking pics. It's REALLY appreciated.
    Thanks for all the fish!

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    No worries Tony...anytime... !

    I'm about to top up my own tank with Propagating sand soon too, in my effort to clear the cloudiness of the Aqua-soil breakdown...

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