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Hi there I’m currently planning a 125L planted tank. Ideally I’d like to have sand on top of plant substrate. I was looking at jbl aquaflora start kit with jbl sanisbar on top. Has anyone used this before or has anyone got another suggestion?

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Just be mindful that sand is a much smaller particle size and smaller particle sizes tend to make their way beneath larger particle sizes as a rule. This is even more true when vacuuming the substrate when the smaller (sand) is heavier than the larger particle (aqua soil). Things are much more permanent when you cap with the larger particle size to begin with or use a deep enough bed of sand that a layer can never go underneath.

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Thanks for your time I’ll go for gravel on top of the soil
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Just be mindful that sand is a much smaller particle size and smaller particle sizes tend to make their way beneath larger particle sizes as a rule. This is even more true when vacuuming the substrate when the smaller (sand) is heavier than the larger particle (aqua soil). Things are much more permanent when you cap with the larger particle size to begin with or use a deep enough bed of sand that a layer can never go underneath.
or do I use sand and root tabs? I’d like to use sands for the corys I plan on getting
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You may not even need root tabs. I'm an advocate of keeping cory cats on sand, just pick plants (which is most) that can feed from the water column.

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You may not even need root tabs. I'm an advocate of keeping cory cats on sand, just pick plants (which is most) that can feed from the water column.
thanks I’ll do some more reading then plan my plant stock to suit the sand
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