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Mixing red Flourite and Eco-complete??

Im going to be setting up a 125g instead of my 55g.
Im planning on using both Eco and Flourite. I will have mostly eco complete with a spot in the tank with Flourite to add some difference in the subtrate, like a round the bogwood. It WILL be separated. I will be making something to keep these separate when the time comes.

I was wondering if this would be a good idea. And if I could just throw the rest of the Flourite underneath the eco if I have any left??

Is there something better I could use as a substatue for the Flourite, that will add something different


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that would be a funky looking mix. I have SMS and eco mix in my 75 and it looks good. the diff isn't horribly dramatic.


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Are you looking for different color or what? The dark Eco might look kind of funky with a redish flourite. What is the goal here. I have top dressed Eco with a slightly larger river gravel once, and it stayed on top. Looked fine. But if its just a divider wall, it will probably get mixed up a bit.





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Most cases of divided substrate is done with planting only in one type...the other being decorative. If you're planning on planting in both substrates then the different color is almost a moot point as the plants will obstruct your view of the substrate. IOW, you'd be better off using just one kind of substrate material.

If you're planning on having one substrate type act as a decorative hightlight to the tank, then using Eco or Flourite would be overkill for that area since both are sold at a premium with the promise of enhancing plant growth. An inert and inexpensive sand or fine gravel would be a better option here.

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I considered this mix briefly when I re-did my 90 gallon (used Flourite before). I decided not to mix because I didn't want to take the chance the look of the substrate after mixing. An expensive and time consuming (rinsing of the Flourite) mistake if it doesn't look good. I decided to go with the Eco Complete and I am glad I did. It was amazing not to have to rinse the substrate and I had crystal clear water right from the beginning.
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