Adding ADA Amazonia on top of Flourite
I have a 4 gallon Nano tank that I am going to set up this weekend. I have a 3-liter bag of ADA Amazonia and small bag of ADA Bright Sand. I am pretty sure that I am going to have some Amazonia left over and probably some Bright Sand as well.
Question is: I have a fully planted 10 gallon that has been up and running for a long time. It has a pure red flourite substrate. Personally I am getting tired of staring at the same red substrate as it has no character (Amano's influence) and I feel that it doesnt help to show the plant colors off too well. I want to add the Amazonia on top of the Flourite, but not the entire bottom, just about half. The other half I may leave as Flourite or use the rest of the bright sand.
Has anyone else tried this? How much ADA Amazonia would I need in order to make it effective?
On a side note: I never "pull up" plants from the substrate. If I intend to move or remove them I will just cut them all the way at the substrate and leave the roots in the substrate. I personally feel this helps to airate the substrate as well as add nutrients. Maybe I am completely wrong. The point being that I can prevent the flourite from surfacing on top of the Amazonia. I also do not gravel vaccuum, I only surface vaccum the crap on top, I don't dig in.
Anyone have any thoughts on this? Any suggestions/comments are welcome.