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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-17-2011, 08:01 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation substrate + sand ???

160 gal tank
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im starting a new tank( 160 gal) and i was hoping to add substrate( eco complete) and sand to it.... if i add eco complete with sand on top of it will that restrict the waste from going under into the eco complete??

i read that eco complete consumes the wastes so i would not like to restrict it with sand.


and what substrate is highly recommended?? (i prefer dark colored substrate)

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The two would mix and eventually the EC would be on top.
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Welcome to TPT!

There's no issue layering or mixing them together, as long as you like the look of both mixed together (they will eventually get that way over time) and don't exceed 3" total depth.

Personally, I recently started using Miracle Gro Organic Choice potting soil and capping it with Flourite (Eco would work too) in several of my tanks, and am quite happy with it. That would be another cost-saving solution for a tank this size, yet give you more nutrient content than sand. You'd probably only need 2-3 of the large bags of Miracle Gro (the orange bags, not green).

Also, be sure to read through the Mineralized Topsoil sticky at the top of the substrate forum before you make your final decision- that's another fantastic option if you're willing to spend a little time with the DIY.





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