dangerflower Posted September 30, 2022 Share Posted September 30, 2022 I'm setting up a new tank soon and I want to use sand as my substrate, which i haven't tried before. I want to use sand because I'm planning on having some corys, because I like the natural look and think it will fit the aesthetic I'm going for, and because I'm doing a botanical style tank with lots of leaf litter and I think all that detritus will work better over sand than gravel. I've read a lot about sand being bad for plants. The tank will be lightly planted, but I am hoping to have some root feeding plants in there (probably amazon swords and dwarf sag). I was originally considering putting some aqua soil in filter media bags as a base layer and capping this with sand, to provide nutrients, but given that aqua soil wears out eventually anyway, would it make more sense to just use root tabs? I'd love to hear anyone's experience with using sand as a planted tank substrate, and any tips or tricks I should know! I'm thinking of using aquarium-specific sand rather than pool filter sand or something, possibly CaribSea. 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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