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does mix substates end up in a mess?

I did my first aquascape with Elos terra + ADA sand, send was only a little portion of the tank like a 3cm border on the front
It ended up with the sand often covered with some soil

in the end I took the send out and fill with terra

Now I want to start a new tank and I was thinking to make a 1/4 of the tank with sand and the 3/4 with amazonian soil, I was thinking to use a plexiglass divider
Not sure if the two different soil will mix

I would like not to use any rock, even if rocks would probably be the best option to keep the 2 substrate separated, but I'm afraid to add some rock that will raise my KH

Does this kind of layout in the long term end up in a mess?

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Long term, keeping 2 substrates separate is practically impossible.
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this is the idea for the new tank
2010 AGA Aquascaping Contest - #59

do you think that even building a plastic separation to keep the 2 soil divided and maybe a stone wall would would end up with amazonian soil covering at least part of the sand?

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Long term, keeping 2 substrates separate is practically impossible.
Same question, same answer.
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From my experience you could do a pretty good job keeping substrates separate but YMMV by tank occupants and your own maintenance skills, etc. but some will eventually mix.

Many of the contest levels tanks the sand is "fixed" up by pouring new sand in before pics are taken. Plastic works well as does good rock formation. I've only used rock to separate sand from other substrates.
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do you know any video or picture documenting what happen over time?

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