Substrate advice

Jayouz

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I was going to get the substrate in the tank today but realised how fine the silver sand I have is
and don't want to risk it compacting so need to get something else....

What is a coarse enough sand that I can use? Or should I go with something like tropica soil?

I went to the local shop and all they had was terrible colour gravel :sick:

If I went with the soil would it be a problem to leave the layer of growth substrate in? :facepalm:

Thanks for any advice! :)
 

Jayouz

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I haven't been able to find anywhere locally and shipping prices seem a little high, it ends up more expensive than aqua soil!

What sort of depth silver sand could I get away with? Would bulking it up a bit more with growth substrate be ok? I have an extra bag of that already, I also realised being a small square tank I probably wouldn't have much room for insane sloping anyway.
 

Jayouz

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Thanks for the link, without shipping costs that's pretty tempting! It looks nice and natural as well.
 

tam

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Trying plugging your postcode in here: https://hugokamishi.com/dealers/ that's a fairly common brand in garden centres/fish shops and they do some natural coloured fine gravel (1-2mm). It's the shipping that is expensive for substrate!
 

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Not really, but it doesn't take long either way. I just shoved it all in to an old washing up bowl ran water over it, stirred and drained a few times.
 

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