Rescaping My Tank
Hi all, I have been thinking lately about rescaping my tank. However, this time I want to do it right and before I venture down this pass want to ask some questions. So feel free to add suggestions as you see fit. I think I will do this project in the next 2-3 months, so lots of time to gather the info.
I currently have a planted discus tank and after all is said and done still want to have a planted discus tank. The reason for rescaping the current set up are as follows:
First and foremost my current substrate is not up to the challenge. I originally mixed large (1cm) and small (2-3mm) gravel together. Did not use any sand on my heating cables and did not use any other substrate additions.
I find now that my gravel gets dirty quickly and the dirt gets easily trapped in between the pebbles. Also, now I know that larger gravel is not good for plants. Finally, not sure if this is gravel or fish bioload but I find that my substrate becomes stagnant and has bubbles forming in it.
So, what should I want out for while tearing everything down and changing the gravel? Please share your experiences for do's and don'ts.
Also, what substrate should I go for? Eco Complete Florabase ect?
Do people use different substrates and what about using soil?
I will be using heating cables, so where would I get the right sand that would not break the bank and not alter the Ph? Also, I have seen people use a mesh for attaching cables and was wondering where they got the mesh from.
Think this should be a good start.