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gravel/sand question

I would like some opinions and suggestions on a idea.

I want to use Eco-complete for plants, but I would also like to use black sand. I have heard that after awhile the gravel will work its way up to the top or sand will work its way down.

So, I am putting a 1 1/2" or so layer of Eco-complete and then a some plastic craft sheets with small 1/8" squares over the Eco-complete. Next, I am going to put 1 1/2" to 2" layer of Tahitian Moon black sand.

Do you think this will keep the gravel from going to the surface and still let the plants grow roots well?





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Re: gravel/sand question

Seems like it would be tough when trying to rearrange or rescape your plants once their roots grow through the mesh...

I am in month 3 of using Eco-Complete. I also bought black sand, but ended up not using it. My plants (from the amazing Yikesjason and Ghotifish) are growing like weeds!

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Once the plants grow through the mesh, you'll have to tear up whole sections just to get the plants out. Why not something like Flourite Black Sand?

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I'd just mix it all together right from the getgo, you'll have a more uniform look over time that way.

And I agree, once the plant roots grow through that mesh you'll have a mess on your hands each time you go to rescape or thin things out.





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I agree with all the above. Those sheets will just become a mess.
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use the sheets to make a moss wall!


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I'd say mix it, the sand will just find its way through the sheets anyway and do exactly the same thing. The plastic grid looks like it would be more trouble than it'd be worth.

However, I would take some of it, cut it up into 2" or 3" squares and try and root a foreground carpet to it - moss, glosso, hairgrass, riccia or something else carpet-ish - and use the mesh as a way to conveniently shift around elements of the foreground scape w/o having to tear up the entire carpet every time. Assuming the mesh is fine enough to root stuff to it, anyway.

Or, go with tuffgong's suggestion and make a moss wall
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