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New substrate suggestions?

I'm transferring everything from my 20L to a 40B. I plan on transferring my old gravel as well (just regular petco brand black gravel). Obviously this will not be enough for the 40B and I was wondering what other substrate I can use?

I have bottom dwelling fish so lava rock is out because it's too sharp/small? Also rams and angels among others so the rams may dig? The tank will also be planted. I'd appreciate any advice/suggestions! Thanks in advance
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If you like black, I would put Eco Complete on the bottom and the gravel on the top. The gravel has lots of beneficial organisms and you want to keep those where there is good water movement so they can go on doing their job in the new set up.
If some mixing happens, black gravel and EC are the same color, so no problem.
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I much prefer flourite to eco, I found eco pieces much too big.
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You could just buy more petco black gravel. I believe its pretty cheap. You could always just go sand too. Most home improvement stores carry several kinds of sand. I got 100lbs of play sand for like $10 bucks last year. Just grab some root tabs i believe several people around here sell them and you should be good for the most part.


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If you can get it, it's hard to beat the black diamond blasting media. same deal as the play sand $10 for 100lbs
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So catfish and any digging fish wont have problems with any of these substrates right? Mostly just worried if anything too jagged or pointy. Will Eco complete be alright? I was thinking of layering as Diana mentioned.
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I have the black diamond blasting media and my cories are just fine and happy
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Black Diamond is basically coal slag, isn't it?
Anyone know about CEC properties? Looking at using this in my next set-up.
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