Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Asheville, North Carolina
Eco-complete and flourite sand separation?
I'll set up a 30g tank soon: bottom is 36 x 12. I'm aware of substrate calculators. My question: I want a dark substrate, suitable also for growing plants. I want a dark, sandy substrate with few/no plants (only maybe a few carpet plants, or none) in part of the tank (for cory cats to play in/on) maybe 20-30% of the tank bottom, maybe 1.5 inches deep. I want the other 70-80% of the tank bottom to be Eco-complete, moderately planted, depth of maybe 2" at front, sloping to 3-3.5 inches at the back. A smallish driftwood/rock pile in this area also, snuggled into the substrate.
Plants: Probably will have a couple java fern, a couple crypts, a couple anubias, maybe other - not sure yet just what I'll use. The goal is a fairly low maint, slow growing setup, not too dense. I'll use excel as a carbon source.
Now, am I crazy? My goal is to keep the eco-complete and sand separated by either: make a plexiglass divider 2-3.5 inches tall, sloped like the gravel, silicone it into the tank bottom. This would help keep the sand and eco-complete separate. My other idea was just a 9" pyrex pie plate with the sand in it. Not sure how this would look. Plan to strategically place plants to hide any plexiglass or pie plate edge that is visible. Your rumination would be appreciated. I'd consider using 3m colorquartz in place of sand, but can't get it and nobody around here has 1-3mm gravel, thus the sand for the cory cats.
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