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I realize that eco complete and flourite are the two best substrates in most peoples opinions. About how many lbs of this stuff am i going to need for a good base in a 75? Is it possible to mix in sand and get a good result? It seems to me like the eco has larger grains? Does it?
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I realize that eco complete and flourite are the two best substrates in most peoples opinions. About how many lbs of this stuff am i going to need for a good base in a 75? Is it possible to mix in sand and get a good result? It seems to me like the eco has larger grains? Does it?
Yes eco has larger grains but it is supposed to settle. In all it holds stem plants very well regardless of the larger chunks you'll find. It's probably best not to mix it. I did and regret it.

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Oh sorry. I forgot to answer the rest of your questions. The sand will eventually settle at the bottom of the tank due to self stratification meaning that the small particles will always go to the bottom.

Would anyone be interested if I could get some eco-complete sand made for us? The grains would be just a little larger than normal sand.

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Do not mix it with sand. It will only sink to the bottom as stated above and become anaerobic over time. If you really want to save a little money you could mix flourite and shultz aquatic soil. The colors mix well; just make sure you use more flourite than soil as the soil is very light and moves around very easily in the aquarium.
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