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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-23-2013, 04:14 PM Thread Starter
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How does this sound?

I'm starting up a 75 gallon low tech. And I just want to make sure everything's good to go before I add all the substrate in.

So, here's my plan..

Bottom layer: Safe T Sorb--80lbs, Osmocote caps placed throughout the bottom.

Middle: Eco complete- about 40lbs << not sure if I should hold off on this and save it or use it??

Top: Black diamond blasting sand: 80-100lbs enough for 1-2 inches.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-24-2013, 12:07 PM
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The Safe t sorb and the eco comp is about the same.. different colors.
And your top layer of black sand will end up on the bottom layer evenutally.

So if you like the eco-comp color better then the safe t sorb or both mix and match
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Yeah that's what I thought, but how fast does the sand sink down? If I have a deep enough bed that shouldn't happen, right?
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Every time you pull up a well rooted plant the substrates will mix, and like Han said, the tendency will be for lighter, larger particles to stay on the surface.

Sand moving down isn't even that much of an issue...

Let's say you have a well established sword plant and pull it up by its roots - now you have a sprinkled substrate.


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Ya at first it will be ok, but over time. It's going look messy.
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So I added a 50lb bag of STS to the tank and I'm at 2inches throughout. So do you think I should go with with another bag or top it off with some black diamond sand?

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Adding the black sand is fine. Honestly Eco Complete by itself does wonders for my tank and what your doing now should be perfect!
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