Capping gravel? Indecision killing me!
So I am on the track to a fully scaped and stem-heavy tank and need to make a decision about..you guessed it..capping my gravel. I have been using inert substrate since the tank was set up about 2 months ago. I am planning a big rescape and would like to go ahead and solve this issue while I've got my hands in there anyway. Either picking up simple black gravel to cover the ugly green peas on top, or considering something nutrient rich eco, flourite etc.SO...
-If I start dosing EI should I be alright with inert substrate as far as nutrients go..(I know I will end up answering parameter q's but lets see what comes up) Mostly stems so they can rely on the nutrient rich water column yah?
-If I do go nutrient rich do I need to stop using my ph neutralizer/buffer as a water treatment (was told at the LFS they arent compatible). If so, any quick suggestions to keeping ph stable.
I know the big potential of KH/GH questions coming up so I'll tell you right now I don't have the tests for these at the moment and It's not something I want taking over this thread.
THANKS for input,