Hello to all,
I am new in the aquascaping world! I have an old 36x18x18 aquarium (50g) getting slowly ready to be setup for aquascaping. I don't know much about aquascaping, but I read a lot about it lately.
I will like to setup a thank with "grass" and "short" plant. With a small tree with grass attach on it and maybe few rocks (Ryuoh or Dragon/Ohko stones). The design is in progress and will depend of the stones availability. For the fish, i am not sure yet: few Tetra probably.
My thank: 50gal
Light: Finnex Ray 2 (brand new!)
Filter: An old Fluval 404
PowerHead: Marineland Maxi-Jet 600 (probably setup with a pre-filter to help the Fluval and create a bit of water movement)
Heater: 200w Internal
CO2: no full system yet...I plan to start with 2 bottles DIY.
I have just order 27 liters of "Aqua Soil - New Amazonia Normal Type" and "CaribSea Super Naturals Peace River Gravel 20lb".
I will like to create 2 hills. Starting with 2" in front of the aquarium to 6-7" in back, with a small valley in the center (not exactly) with some gravel. And glue small stones together (with silicone) to make a small wall between the plant section (AquaSoil) and my gravel section (valley)...
To save a bit on the Aquasoil ($) to build the hills, I was planning to put some sand (pool filter sand not very fine and neutral) as the bottom substrate and put approx. 2.5 to 3" of Amazonia Aquasoil on top.
Is the sand a bad idea? if yes...why?
Or what other "filler" I can used? Cheap gravel? Neutral Stone?