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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 01-24-2010, 05:28 AM Thread Starter
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Can I do this?

Hey guys...I just set up a tank not even 4 weeks ago..and now ive got fishtank fever and am already planning another tank...however I dont have much money to spend.

I was thinking about picking up a 20gallon long..and instead of using black gravel like I have in my tank right now, I was thinking about using the black eco-complete

The thing is...I know youre supposed to have 2+ pounds of gravel per gallon of tank..and i can only afford one bag of this stuff...

So...could I use my extra black gravel on the bottom as a 'filler', and put a piece of plastic or something over the top of it to prevent mixing, and then eco-complete over the top of that to my desired height? Im sure this sounds dumb, but I really cant swing cash like you tank professionals right now haha. Thanks for any help!

(Ps if anyone has any nice photos of tanks with black eco-complete, id love to see them)

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You can use them together but dont put anythimg in between them.
Your roots and plants will suffer some. It will impede their growth.Black on black gravel is a great combo mix.
It shouldnt look that obvious, especially with plants covering up most areas.
Go for it, i say. ;-)
I usually put the eco and or flourish on the bottom
then the regular gravel on top.The roots will seek out those great nutrients and grow longer for more beautiful plants.
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