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Hi Wade,  In one of my plant tanks I have a similar problem,
but it is only sand that gets sucked up in my tank.  When I
set the tank  up I recycled some old gravel and of course
did not have as much as I would have wanted, and because of
this I get sand on top when i disturb anything.  I solve the
problem buy using a fork to to rake the substrate.  Since
large objects rise to the surface, the gravel floats back up
and the sand falls down.  Maybe this could help in your

Bjorn Straube

> We bought a couple bags of this to try, since it's only about $10/bag
> here in Hawaii.  Put it in a 90 gal., covered with about an inch of #3
> gravel.  The grain size is about the size of beach sand (not the really
> fine stuff that gets airborne when it's windy), and there is a variety
> of grain colors (beige, tan, brown).  Although the grains all
> immediately sank, they seem to be mixing in with the gravel and some of
> it inevitably gets siphoned out whenever we vacuum.
> The tank is still unfinished, no lights yet except for room light.  We
> have a few anubias, java fern, java moss, a random assortment of fish,
> driftwood, and a Fluval Internal 3 filter in it.  No substrate
> fertilizers and just a little Seachem Flourish whenever we remember.
> Although it's hard to say how it would help or hurt a finished planted
> tank, the plants and fish we have in there are all doing fine and have
> been in there for maybe 5 months now.
> We personally wouldn't use it again because of how its coming up to the
> surface of the substrate, but it may not bother you.
> BTW, it's sold as a soil for pond lilies rather than aquariums.
> Wade Shimoda