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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 01-14-2011, 09:08 PM Thread Starter
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Combining Substrates... dangerous?

So im setting up a 36"x24"x18" Rimless tank
and Im trying to debate on substrates...
I mineralized some top soil this summer (about 20lbs)
and Ive got a bag (20lbs) of flourite, ...
I was thinking of combining four types of substrates...
The MTS, the Flourite, some Eco-Complete, and some inert river sand...


Im wondering if this will cause a nutrient issue? Too much?
Im not doing it for any reason other than maximizing the nutrient content of the substrate, and simply to varry the look...


any problems with this?
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Hi, it wont cause any issues but it might look kinda messy after a while
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Why would it look messy?
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If you layer it it will look nice at first but after a few gravel vac's and some planting/replanting it will start to mix and won't look nice at all. On a larger tank I had in the past I tried using inert gravel underneath a nice cap of eco complete and it looked horrible once I had to move and take apart the tank.


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Sand has a way of making it to the bottom, unless it is sequestered in a corner or along a wall or something. I think because it's so small and dense it'll just head south. Layers will go away though.


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Im not mixing all these together,
The flourite and ecocomplete and MTS will be mixed... the MTS on the bottom and flourite and Ecocomplete together, the sand and gravel will be separte... not in the same planting areas to create depth and varying substrates...
plus, I will have HC growing on the growing substrates too...
How can you gravel vac if youve got a bed of plants growing?
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You do not have to do deep gravel vacuums if you have a planted aquarium. A light vacuuming over the surface of the substrate is more than sufficient to suck up any light debris/detritus.

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thank you!
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