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post #31 of 49 (permalink) Old 03-05-2017, 08:10 PM
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I use pool filter sand because it's inexpensive, a lot of people are fond of black diamond blasting sand (which is basically the same thing, except black). If you buy sand at a home improvement store, do not get play sand.

On the more expensive route: I've heard many good things about Caribe sea tahitian moon sand, I've just never used it because it would be so expensive.

Make sure you rinse the sand very well, it will save you a lot of headache later.

I just use API root tabs, you can also get iron supplements and other tabs, it depends on the demands of your plants. And I also dose API Leaf Zone every once in a while.
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Black diamond blasting sand would do the job. Every time you vacuum clean the sand, you are going to lose some. You'll have to add more sand once in a while. It's better to go for inexpensive one. Tahitian Moon sand is beautiful but $$$. Every time I vacuum clean my tank with the Moon sand, I feel like I'm losing pennies...


I use Seachem flourish tabs. If you want to save money, you can get Osmocote in capsules from ebay. Swords and Crypts appreciate iron tabs too.


I suggest to add root tabs after the tank is cycled and plant roots are established. Adding tabs too early might trigger an algae bloom. I've been there, done that, and had to break down the tank.
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I am a new betta owner as well. I think a planted tank is a really cool idea, and if I had the time and money for it, I'd do it myself. GREAT IDEA, TOTALLY DO IT!!!!!
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woo! thanks everyone for the suggestions! :D

i went with the pool filter sand (omg was it heavy) combined with some API leaf zone and C02. I think i'll go with those osmocote tabs whenever the tank it set up and established. i also bought the plants today, so when they get here and everything is put in, i'll take pics and post them! :)

and i am wondering.. if i put a 20G on top.. if it will hold? i'm thinking it might, even if my dog bumps into it, because the water and sand alone is 100+ lbs.

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hey guys:
i had put Prism in my 20Gal before putting the plants in, i figured why not since it was only gonna be a few days he'd be in there.
so i already had water in it. i just put the sand in and now the water is super cloudy and foamy on top..

is this safe for my prism to be in?
will it affect the plants? can i go ahead and put them in?
google searches says it might take a few days to settle back down.. i don't have anything else to put prism in. yikes :(

this is not something i was prepared for! lmao

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You can add plants anytime. Are they still in bags? If so, float them in the tank for a couple of hours to acclimate.


Next time, add sand first. Some people cover the sand with a plastic bag and pour water slowly. You can also use a piece of foam board. The water would be less cloudy
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You can add plants anytime. Are they still in bags? If so, float them in the tank for a couple of hours to acclimate.


Next time, add sand first. Some people cover the sand with a plastic bag and pour water slowly. You can also use a piece of foam board. The water would be less cloudy
okay, awesome! i totally just added the sand. do you think it's okay for my fish though?

and i will remember that next time, lmao.

putting the plants in was a TOTAL learning process. i have no idea if they'll still be alive in the morning. i didn't even think to acclimate them. crossing my fingers though. :lol

i've got prism in his old 10G where i have my new baby girl sunny, just floating him in a container. they're both super angry haha :lol

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I think your fish will be OK unless he is acting weird. Just keep your eye on him.


What kind of plants did you get? If they are out of the shipping box for a while, they should be OK to be planted.
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I think your fish will be OK unless he is acting weird. Just keep your eye on him.


What kind of plants did you get? If they are out of the shipping box for a while, they should be OK to be planted.
i got...
Assorted crypts, a corkscrew val, assorted stems, java fern, water sprite, naja grass clump, java moss, a sword plant, a banana plant, a micro sword, and some aponogeton crispus. they're all really pretty and i'm hoping they'll grow.

i got 'em this morning and they've been waiting around to be planted all day. hopefully that's long enough?

and... i just put him in and it's so cloudy i have no idea where he went! OTL

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i found him! he's swimming about and super curious about everything. i hope all goes well, i have to go to bed in a second.

edit: he's trying to eat the plants. he just spit out a little bit of a leaf. OTL

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