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Combining Substrates

I am converting my 55gal fish only tank to a planted low tech aquarium. I've decided to use eco complete but I was reading through the threads and thought it might be possible to mix with another type of substrate (hoping to save a couple of dollars). I'm open to suggestions but I was thinking of black sand. If that is a good option, and if so, does the sand go on the bottom?
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I'd buy a bag of Miracle Gro Organic potting soil to put on the bottom.

That's what I've done in my 46 and 90gal tanks (though mine are topped with Flourite).





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How much of one vs the other.Do you need to rinse the miracle grow?
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You want about 1" or so of the Miracle Gro, capped with 1-2" of the other. I bought 3 big bags of the Miracle Gro for my 90gal... turns out I only needed about 2/3 of one bag LOL

No, don't rinse it first, but I've found that it helps if you do add just a little water to the tank and let the Miracle Gro get waterlogged before trying to cap it with the other stuff... helps keep it from being quite so floaty.

What worked best for me was to take my damp Flourite and line the front and sides of my tank with a little "wall" a few inches high, then pour the Miracle Gro inside that, gently and slowly pour water over the Miracle Gro till it's all soaked, then top with the rest of the Flourite (or Eco or whatever). The "wall" is only cosmetic, so you don't see the layer of Miracle Gro from the front of the tank. I did it that way on my 46gal and I like the look of the front of the tank a little better than my 90gal, where I skipped the wall step.

You'll still get some floaters from the Miracle Gro (especially once you start planting), but those are easy enough to skim off with a fish net.

I've found I actually like the look of the brown Miracle Gro mixed in with the black- I think it looks really "natural."





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Put the sand on the bottom. You can purchase it really cheaply at landscape supply places. Maybe mix a little rinsed peat into the sand to promote rooting.
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