Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Skagit County, Washington State
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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