Does Eco-Complete/Fourite make sand look "ugly"?
Planted Tank Forums
Your Tanks Image Hosting *Tank Tracker * Plant Profiles Fish Profiles Planted Tank Guide Photo Gallery Articles

Go Back   The Planted Tank Forum > Specific Aspects of a Planted Tank > Substrate


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 05-29-2004, 01:48 AM   #1
YourPalCM
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Reading, Pennsylvania
Posts: 47
Default

Does Eco-Complete/Fourite make sand look "ugly"?


Hello everyone,

I've kept aquariums for quite some time, but I've never bothered to tackle live plants. I'm going to be setting up a 46g tank soon, and it's time to make the next step!

I'm planning to use sand - pool filter sand - just because I love the look of a light colored substrate. However, since I've also decided to go the live plant route, I'm planning to put 2" of either Eco-Complete or Flourite below 1" to 1-1/2" of sand. My concern is that the Eco-Complete or Flourite will eventually work its way up into the sand, and my white sand will become an ugly sand-speckled-with-black/brown-fertilizer mixture. Does that happen or does the Eco-Complete/Flourite do a good job staying below the top layer?

I just can't imagine how it doesn't at least get a little messy either from installing the plants the first time, possibly moving plants around to replant them in a different spot, accidental uprootings or whatever.

Comments?
YourPalCM is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 05-29-2004, 02:02 AM   #2
trenac
Wannabe Guru
 
trenac's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: North Carolina, Traid area
Posts: 1,044
Default

The sand will eventually seattle to the bottom. Then any time you disturb the sand during planting or cleaning things will get mixed up.
__________________
He who angers you, controls you!
trenac is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2004, 03:09 AM   #3
YourPalCM
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Reading, Pennsylvania
Posts: 47
Default

No one else has any comments on this?
YourPalCM is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2004, 10:59 AM   #4
SueNH
Planted Tank Obsessed
 
SueNH's Avatar
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: The White Moutains of NH
Posts: 347
Default

The sand will wind up on the bottom and could also clog up the eco.
Your better off mixing substrates of simlar sizes and weights.

Also with light sand every bit of fish poo will be noticed.
__________________
SueNH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2004, 03:25 PM   #5
malkore
Planted Tank Guru
 
malkore's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Lincoln, NE
Posts: 2,165
Default

YEs, mixing the two will probably look ugly, and the only thing worse than having to rinse new flourite is having to filter out the sand if you mix teh two.
__________________
Malkore
Filstar XP2 PIMP #3
Visit my aquarium pages - see specs on my tanks, and photos of how they've evolved
malkore is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2004, 03:34 PM   #6
chrisl
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Berkeley, Ca
Posts: 119
Default

alot of eco users are supplementing w/ black moon sand however.
__________________
EheimFan#30: Updated: ADA 120cm/65g, Eheim Can 2126 , 6x54w TEK lighting, Milwaukee CO2, ADA lily pipes and custom cherry stand.
chrisl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2004, 03:38 PM   #7
malkore
Planted Tank Guru
 
malkore's Avatar
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Lincoln, NE
Posts: 2,165
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by chrisl
alot of eco users are supplementing w/ black moon sand however.
There are some, yes, and moon sand works cuz it blends in. Most claim they add sand because 'my plants won't stay rooted in Eco'.

To this I say "you're not planting them right, or your substrate wasn't deep enough to allow you to plant right".
__________________
Malkore
Filstar XP2 PIMP #3
Visit my aquarium pages - see specs on my tanks, and photos of how they've evolved
malkore is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I want to make a 29 gallon planted tank charliet@ng General Planted Tank Discussion 7 08-06-2004 07:32 AM


All times are GMT. The time now is 09:53 AM.


Powered by vBulletin®
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright Planted Tank LLC 2012