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topping over substrate?

I am planning to start a planted shrimp tank and am thinking of using some CaribSea eco complete substrate that I have and covering it with a thin layer of aquarium gravel and small stream pebbles. I plan on raising red rillis which should stand out against the gravel and pushing my stem plants down into the substrate where they can get the goodies. Does this sound like a realistic plan?

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Eco is what they call a high CEC sub. Contact/w the water is when it gets this exchange.
Putting a root tab into the sub will make it have some nutrients in it however.
It would of course still have some contact/w the water, just less of it.
This may make it harder to clean the floor in there.
In spite of the manufacturers claims ECO does not provide nutrients to plants.
It is just a good CEC sub. (absorbs nutrients when they are high in the water/releases them when they are low in the water) Gravel can't do this for your tank.
It would seem to me that putting any cap over ECO would reduce it's usefulness.
To what extent...?
Been a while since I've seen a picture list of shrimp so the image of the RR is
fuzzy at best, but that name implies it would contrast/w the black ECO well.

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Thank you Raymond S.

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