Re: NANFA-- That whole sandbed thing.

Todd Crail (
Sun, 2 Feb 2003 16:49:20 -0500

I like the mushroom compost (what is the pH of that?) and the egg crate
ideas. In a deeper bed, there may not be an issue with wiping out the fauna
if you have all sorts of oligochaetes and benthos that actually live in the
anaerobic segments. The egg crate would definately keep the population (and
consequently, the aerobic and anaerobic layers) separate from disturbance
thru grazing.

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> I use sand in all my tanks, I have been using it for many years. I have
> that most plants root better in sand than gravel. I also put a thin (1" or
> less ) layer of mushroom compost under the sand in tanks where I want to
> plants. a screen of plastic lighting egg crate material can be used to
> isolate the compost from the digging of fish. Many fish will sift the sand
> through their gills, hide in the sand, or make use of sand in other ways
> they cannot use regular aquarium gravel. Playsand is the best grade.
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