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ADA PS/Soil & plastic mesh

Hey guys,

I am starting up a new tank and I am planning on using both ADA power sand and Ada soil.

My concern is that the Power Sand will get mixed with the soil during a rescape in the future. I came up with a solution and wanted to run it by you guys before doing it.

Plan:
Bottom of the tank -> ADA power Sand -> Plastic Mesh -> aqua soil

Questions:
1) Is the Walmart Plastic mesh aquarium safe ? especially in a long term situation.
2)Will this restrict water flow or the purpose of the Power sand?

P.s. Please don't try and convince me to not use PS. I know using soil only would not have this issue, but i want to experiment with it.

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Interesting..This might create conditions for maintaining elements such as Fe an aquatic plant could uptake. Downside, it may unevenly raise and disturb substrate in your tank
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Al most a year later... How did it turn out to be? Iím thinking about trying the same method in order to prevent mixing the AS and PS in the future.

I am most certain that the flow through the mesh will be more then sufficient, because mostly dependent on slow diffusion. The only disadvantage I came across so far is that some, mostly cheap plastics, contain softeners, anti-mold, color additives and such which could be harmful...
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Have used the same thing with nylon mosquito netting. Laterite bottom 》 mosquito netting 》 aquasoil. No adverse reaction. Also when uprooting plants, the substrate was not disturbed.
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Have used the same thing with nylon mosquito netting. Laterite bottom 》 mosquito netting 》 aquasoil. No adverse reaction. Also when uprooting plants, the substrate was not disturbed.
Thanks for the info. I will use nylon mosquito netting to only with some kind of cheap pumice under it. I think the kind they use in ponds. I especially like aquariums where the substrate banked up high at the back panel. Unfortunately I don't have the money to so with aqua soil only.
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