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Old 07-17-2012, 09:38 AM   #11 
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:11 AM   #12 
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I really like how you set up both of your tanks.

One question though, for the 1st one, I noticed you have sand on one side and black gravel on the other half.

How do you keep the two from mixing together?

I did something like that with black eco-complete & river rock.

I didn't use a divider and the two substrates mixed together during siphoning.

Not a pretty combination. That's why I want to upgrade to a larger tank so I can correct that problem.
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Old 07-17-2012, 10:36 AM   #14 
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I really like how you set up both of your tanks.

One question though, for the 1st one, I noticed you have sand on one side and black gravel on the other half.

How do you keep the two from mixing together?

I did something like that with black eco-complete & river rock.

I didn't use a divider and the two substrates mixed together during siphoning.

Not a pretty combination. That's why I want to upgrade to a larger tank so I can correct that problem.
It's not easy to keep them from mixing...I just have to vacuum it real carefully...with the sand I just sorta fan it around and suck up anything that floats and I use my net as a sort of barrier when cleaning. There are so many obstacles in that tanks it is hard to clean without totally dismantling it...which I don't do often. As long as the parameters stay where they are, I'll get by with simple partial cleanings and water changes.
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Thanks, your response was just what I feared.

If I ever attempt the dual substrates again, I'll make some sort of custom divider, similar to what everyone uses to divide tanks, I'll curve it like the letter S.

I'll probably let the gravel fence stick up a either 3/4" or 1" and attach java moss type plants to sort of camouflage it.

I'm sure some aquascape fanatic has done this already.
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