AS Amazonia. How many bags?

Discussion in 'Substrates' started by Wayney, 10 Jun 2008.

  1. Wayney

    Wayney Member

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    Before i order my substrate i just wondered how many bags people think i should go for. The footprint of my tank is 36" long by 12" wide at the ends and 16" in the middle of the bow front. I was thinking along the lines of maybe 4 bags :? but should i get 5 just in case or would i even need that many ?
    Thanks for reading :)






    Wayne,
     
  2. LondonDragon

    LondonDragon Administrator Staff Member

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    If you are talking 9l bags, I reckong 3 bags will do it for you! I used one 9l bag on a 60l tank 60x30cm and it gave me quite a think layer. Your tank is just 30cm wider so maybe even two bag would be enough!
     
  3. beeky

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    I did some calculations and reckon 2 bags should do it.

    It's alot more help to sell substrates in volume rather than weight, as it's (relatively) easy to work out what you need.

    For a 60cm x 30cm footprint:

    60 x 30 x 5cm depth = 9000 cubic cm
    = 9l

    so one bag would give a 5cm depth.

    A bow front is a bit trickier, but I worked out the footprint without the bow and then guessed than the bow part would be half the footprint of a rectangle:
    Main bit: 90 x 30 = 2700 square cm
    Bow bit: (10 x 90)/2 = 450 square cm
    Total: 3150 square cm
    3150 x 5cm depth = 15750 cubic cm
    15750 / 1000 = 15.75l = 1.75 bags

    Hope I haven't made any glaring errors!
     
  4. Wayney

    Wayney Member

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    Thanks for your input guys, think I'll go with 3 9l bags then. Better to have too much than too little :D
    Thanks again
     
  5. aaronnorth

    aaronnorth Member

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    If you get it from AE, you can send it back if unopened.
     
  6. Wayney

    Wayney Member

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    Thats good to know, but if i do have leftovers i reckon I'd hold onto it and use it for something else ;)
     

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