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Substrate in aquascaping....Help!

Hi all I posted a question the other day about using my two 20lb bags of eco-complete with a black sand cap. I have been reconsidering the color scheme of the very dark substrate. I was thinking of using a more natural river stone colored gravel and black sand with the eco-complete. I figure that the sand will look like silt, the e.c. will look a little like dirt and the garvel will add texture.
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The problem with this is that the black sand will eventually settle to the bottom, while the Eco Complete and the gravel may mix together.

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I used flourite and play sand as a cap. I mixed some flourite in the sand and sprinkled some on top as well to give it a more natural look. It has dirtied up a bit over the past few months but i think it keeps looking better. I have pictures in my tank journal search for 37 gallon learning experience.


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When I use slightly larger pebbles in my tanks (1/2" to 2" diameter) they do tend to mix with the substrate. They show up for a while, then sink down... Quite natural!

I like the dark substrate. Makes the fish and plants stand out. A subtle colored substrate is good, too. Again, the fish and plants are more noticeable, unless the fish are camouflage colored! And I do seem to like these... fresh water gobies, catfish, and so on.
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Thanks for the input. I can see how a mixed substrate will add a natural element. With the sand "sinking" with time from the original placement, I think it might look good.
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