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Old 08-05-2012, 01:58 PM   #1 
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Substrate Question

Hey all,
I'm planting a 10 gallon tank and I am wondering if I should put sand over the substrate I'm using, or leave it alone? The substrate is CaribSea ecocomplete. I have seen tanks planted both ways so I am not sure if this is just an aesthetic preference or if there's a reason to add/not add sand.
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Old 08-05-2012, 02:27 PM   #2 
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I think it is purely up to you. I know a lot of people will use potting soil and cover it with sand but other than that I don't know
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Old 08-05-2012, 02:32 PM   #3 
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If you're going to use sand, go with pool filter sand.

I'm thinking of going 50% PFS & 50% eco-complete.

Just so you know, eco-complete is a nightmare to siphon.
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Old 08-05-2012, 02:41 PM   #4 
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If you're going to use sand, go with pool filter sand.

I'm thinking of going 50% PFS & 50% eco-complete.

Just so you know, eco-complete is a nightmare to siphon.
Nightmare?

Um, could you clarifyi please?
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Old 08-05-2012, 02:41 PM   #5 
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How is it a nightmare? All you do is hover over the flourite and stuff will come up. Same goes with sand.

Stick with all ecocomplete, no matter where the plant is, there will be nutrients. So if it doesn't have long roots it will still get nutrients.
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Old 08-05-2012, 02:49 PM   #6 
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Nightmare because I didn't hover. I made contact with the surface.

Try it, not fun at all.
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Old 08-05-2012, 03:01 PM   #7 
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I'll just go with the straight eco-complete, I really liked the dark look anyway :) I just wasn't sure if sand somehow made the tank easier to deal with.

Now to hunt down some decent plants.
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Old 08-05-2012, 03:16 PM   #8 
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If you're going to use sand, go with pool filter sand.

I'm thinking of going 50% PFS & 50% eco-complete.

Just so you know, eco-complete is a nightmare to siphon.
Nightmare?

Um, could you clarifyi please?
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Old 08-05-2012, 03:17 PM   #9 
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Gah! Sorry that was in my browser memory and when I came back to read responses I accidentally re-posted.
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Old 08-05-2012, 04:23 PM   #10 
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My planted tank has eco-complete on one side and white sand on the other...it was more by accident and lack of funds but it turned out pretty nice. I had some left over seachem fluorite so I put that down first and put the sand over the top...divided it with stones and put straight eco-complete on the other side.
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