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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-14-2009, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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'Nother idea on layering


I want to make a central area of sand for my Discus
to feed. I have eco-complete as my substrate.
If I pull some complete out and make a swimming
pool hole in the center can I put some sand (I was going
to use pool sand) on top of the eco-complete?
I know sand will mix and eventually settle to the
bottom. I wanted to try a different type of layering.
What I wanted to try was to seperate
the eco and the sand with a screen or a fine
mesh net. Will this work? Will the nutrients from
the eco rise up through the screen and into the
sand to help with the roots?


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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-14-2009, 11:13 PM
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In spite of their advertising, Eco Complete is not a nutrient rich substrate. It is best to treat it the same as other inert substrates. So, there is no reason to make provisions for its nutrients to rise up. An island of a different substrate will gradually shrink in size as the boundary continues to mix with the surrounding substrate. I doubt you would lose the whole island, but some of it, for sure.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-15-2009, 06:02 AM Thread Starter
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Hello Hoppy!

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