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Question about capping substrate...

Right now I am using FloraMax in my 30gal. Not particular reason other than Petsmart had a sale on for $10 a bag. I should have gotten 3 bags of it. I only put in two.

Anyways, in my Evolve 4, I am using just some black sand with root tabs. I understand I should still use root tabs in my 30gal. But what I like about the black sane, besides the look, is that it is easy to spot waste/food that has dropped to the bottom. In my 30gal, I cannot make out any for the life of me.

So I was thinking of getting some black sand and capping over my FloraMax. I was curious if there are any issues with doing something like this? I know i have read many others who do, just wasn't sure if there were any cons to trying this. Especially after the fact the tank has been started already.


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I capped my flourite with ADA AS. I WISH i had jsut use ADA AS but works fine for me, and im not tearing the tank down just for that. Only potential issue i see is the sand fillin in the gaps in the floramax.
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If sand is smaller grain size than the existing substrate,,the sand will find it's way to the bottom.
Waste,food,in my low tech tank's = plant food, and I Could not vaccum the substrate even if I were so inclined due to large plant mass covering nearly every square inch.
Can reduce feeding's, which will decrease amount of waste,fish food's = cleaner substrate.
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I would put a thin layer of soil in between the sand and flora max, I think this is what I intend to do.
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Your sand and floramax will mix together eventually. Floramax was made to trap fish waste and turn it into plant food. I don't vacuum in most of my tanks with Eco or Flora unless i have a large area without plants nearby.
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