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Aqua Soil Sand Cap??

Hello,

I am VERY new to fresh water plants but have several saltwater and reef setups under my belt and fresh water fish tanks so I understand all the setup and equipment.

I currently have a great 20L community setup with driftwood and have a few plants that are doing well with seachem products in an ALL SAND Carib Sea Sunset Gold substrate with a little bit of river type rocks and pebbles on the top. I have a 30" Green Element EVO 3W lighting.

My Cory's, Loaches and Rams ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE SAND.

With all of that being said, I am going to a 29G setup and "moving up" to better lighting, substrate and plants.

My question has to do with capping my choice of substrate. I have purchased enough AquaSoil to do the whole tank and then some and was going to use just that but.....

-After looking at my current tank I described for hours and hours; I have determined the following:
-I really think my tank inhabitants REALLY enjoy the sandy bottom.
-I really think that I REALLY enjoy the light colored look and texture of the sandy bottom.

My questions are:
-Can I cap off all of my expensive uber plant growing Aqua Soil substrate with some of my current sand to get the best of both words and better grow my plants and yet still keep my loaches, Cory's and myself happy?
-What pitfalls could I face doing this now and in the long run?
-Do I have any other options to achieve the same outcomes of a great plant substrate base and a sandy top?

Thanks in Advance,
Michael in Tallahassee, FL
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Sand will sink to the bottom.

Honestly, when using ADA Aquasoil, there's no need to cap it. It's fine with Cories and such. Mine love it.


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Sand will sink to the bottom.

Honestly, when using ADA Aquasoil, there's no need to cap it. It's fine with Cories and such. Mine love it.
Excellent Info. One last question..

Since I really like the fine substrate top...Could I use the ADA fine Amazonia soil as a cap as stated in their substrate system or would that work its way down too?
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You could absolutely use it. It's a really nice way to finish things off in smaller tanks.

It won't sink much, as it's about the same weight (if not a bit lighter) than regular Aquasoil.


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