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Finally, sand and plants

Discussion in 'Polypterus' started by Burbotman, Mar 25, 2012.

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    Finally after 15 years of using gravel, I took the sand plunge. Not sure why it took so long. While I was unable to find the black I was looking for (no spectra quartz, 3M or even coal
    slag around here) I settled on good old PFS. Love the size, if not the color. It gravel vacs quite nice and I do think the fish seem more comfortable on it.
    Thanks to JamesF for the plant inspiration.

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    Final shots, just need time to grow out the jungle, maybe a few vals and crypts to add

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    Beautiful!
     
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    Very beautiful! It's a big change from your dark jungle looking setup from before, but I like the way the bigger bichirs can be spotted a bit easier now.

    Please post update pics when they all settle in and start changing their contrast a bit. Especially on your congicus and ornate.

    I made the change recently too and the peace of mind is a big plus.
     
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    Thanks Hao, the thing I didn't do when I changed out the gravel was to remove the fish and get the old Soda Can shot. I did drop a tape measure in to get some lengths of the big guys, Ornate is 22.5", the Weeksii is just about 22" inches and the Congicus is right behind at 21.5".
     
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    Thanks Serg, they have been on the sand since Feb 10th. I really noticed the Congicus and my big lap really lighten up. I fear I am losing contrast vs the dark gravel, but for now I am happy with the switch. Just having issues now with the Bullhead ripping up the swords.
     
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    Gorgeous tank! They look great!
     
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    Very nice! :D Too bad, my Ornate stopped growing. :( I hope my Weeksii will hit that size!
     
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    If they end up turning pale and you're not happy with the contrast, look into garnet sand. I've never seen better contrast on my bichirs.
     
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