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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-31-2009, 05:03 PM Thread Starter
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Pool filter sand over Eco Complete?

Wondering if anyone had had success with layering sand over Eco Complete? I have a 50 lb bag of pool filter sand that I was planning to use in the 55 gallon I'm setting up (was going to do a Malawi rift cichlid tank but have changed my mind and want to do a planted community tank). I could try to sell the bag of sand if worse comes to worse, but I do like the look of it and it's easy maintain. If I were to start the plants in Eco Complete and then put a small layer of sand over top of it, do you think the sand would choke out the plants growing in the bottom layer?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-31-2009, 05:11 PM
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I have a tank with play sand over eco-complete. I like soft sand on top because corys like it. I am growing hair grass, e tennellus, and crypts in it with no problems
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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-31-2009, 05:35 PM
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The sand will eventually fall beneath the eco-complete. It might work short-term, but for long-term tanks I don't recommend it.
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+1 for the above..... It's called the law of "gravity". ......(wish I knew how that worked)

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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-31-2009, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Ah, makes sense. Yeah, I could see how that would end up looking terrible after a while. I'll try to sell off the sand then since it just doesn't seem to jive with other substrate materials. Thanks everyone for the input.
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