Dirted red head geophagus tapajos tank
New here but not to the aquarium world or dirted tank.
I know red head geos like to dig and dirted tanks aren't exactly the best type of set up but I have a couple ideas around it so hear me out
plan was to dirt my 125 with MGOC 1 inch layer and cap with pea gravel and black Tahitian moon sand........ it will be half and half... back end of tank and sides will be pea gravel and basically middle and front will be sand. I was going to spray paint egg create with black krylon fusion spray paint (safe for fish) and add it on top of dirt where the sand is supose to go and add the sand on top of the egg crate. I was thinking the geos would mostly sift in the sand and not really dig in the pea gravel. The egg create will limit their digging and will help the dwarf sag and chain swords from getting dug up since the roots of the runners would be tangled up within the egg create.
It's gonna be low light dirt with mixed powdered clay... dosing flourish excel no co2
Anubias, java fern, dwarf sag, chain sword, Amazon sword, frog bit
So basically only the dwarf sag, chain swords and Amazon swords would be planted.
Lighting is current USA satellite freshwater led + . I know most have had trouble growing plants with this led light at higher depths.... I had a 4 foot fixture on my 75 gallon dirted discus tank a few years ago and the plants grew really well.
Anyways.... any opinions, thoughts or ideas to this plan?