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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-14-2006, 11:24 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions on Substrate in Maple Trimmed Tank?

I'm going to be upgrading my Maple trimmed AGA tank (46G Bow) to a real substrate from the gravel I have today. It's either going to be Flourite or Eco-Complete. I've read 1000 posts (or so it seems) about people's preference of substrate, but I'm wondering if anyone with a maple trimmed tank can give me an opinion about which one LOOKS better. Oak trim isn't the same shade of course, but would welcome opinions on that as well. It's hard for me to picture either pure black of EcoComp or the red/black of Flourite.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-15-2006, 12:51 AM
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I can try and get a picture tomorrow of a maple (petsmart 16 gal "Top Fin" bowfront) with eco and wood in it. Needs to go in gallery anyways.

Ok, picture posted however sunlight/sprial PC bulbs does not give the most appealing color...
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What I did was put my favorite growing substrate (Eco at that time) on the base and top dressed it with an inch of a really nice river gravel which was a bit larger diameter. Smaller diameter substrates always stay on the bottom as you know. Even if temporarily on top, they will eventually migrate south.

You can't really see my Eco on the bottom and the top stuff looks better than either Eco or Flourite, IMO. I have had both in two different tanks. And I don't really like the look of either as a sole substrate. You can see the gravel I'm talking about in my signature tank link pic. Also, in this picture in the middle is some Ecocomplete which I added later to help some HC along. I've since covered it up, and that was really easy to do to. But I haven't gotten around to updating the photo. I also did a major re'scape.

I don't remember the name of it, but it was the largest diameter stuff made by Conga Roc??. Not sure if its distributed on the east coast.

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Blue Ram - thanks for the picture. It may be the lighting but certainly not the most appealing color-wise IMO.

Betowess - I appreciate the thought about the two layers. I'm sure lot's of folks have gotten used to the look of pure black but it is a bit different. But, since you need the good stuff on the bottom, it's just something I'll need to get used to.

Thanks again for the advice & pix.

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