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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-12-2005, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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Eco-complete and sand

I am new at all of this. I have had a 10 gallon tank, no live plants, for a year now and want to step up to a planted tank. I bought a 20 gallon tank (24x12 footprint) and two bags of Eco-complete. My idea was to put down the Eco-complete and then put a layer of sand over top, which I think I saw done on this website somewhere (I've done a lot of on-line research, so it could have been elsewhere) and thought it looked nice.

However, when I was talking at the guy at the lfs last night, he said that the sand will just settle down all into the eco-complete. Does this sound right? I was thinking about putting down one inch of the sand. Too complicated for a first go? What have others experienced or think about this? Thanks in advance.
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Welcome to the forum! I have sand/fluorite/gravel and it is true that the bigger things tend to migrate up so they will mix in time. Another consideration is that eco is black which may not mix with white sand too well. With fluorite/sand I can get away with the color mis-match.

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when I went back and checked, it was flourite and sand that had been used. I think I'll just stick to plain eco-complete for my first try. Thanks. I wouldn't have liked the black and sand look.
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There are a few threads around about using eco-complete with Tahitian moon sand (also black). I am going to be doing this for my new 75g. I am going to take the established eco-complete from a smaller tank and use it as a base then put TMS over it.

Here is a tank with the combo
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