220 gal tall, substrate ?'s
Hello, new to the forum and purchasing items and wanted some opinions please----
1. 220 gal (72x24x30) and planning high tech planted.
2. Plans are for a "V" shaped sand area with a half moon shape tumbled rock wall on each side around the overflows. Then 1ft up maybe put driftwood branches overhanging out over the sand and across the sand center, rocks piled around driftwood base.
3. Rocks would be hot glued to keep from shifting and original thought was to fill backside up with ADA Power Sand Special L (9L per side) then Amazonia on top of that, driftwood on top, then Amazonia angled up higher to within 7-12 in from the top.
(want to somehow keep the Amazonia cost down, so thought I might be able to stack the rock behind the wall too, then top fill that to save 9L-27L of that soil. )
4. Plant on top of the soil on both sides with various plants, putting Anubas along both rock walls, drfitwood stumps, and tied moss too the branches. Then some various plants or Riccia on small rocks in the sandy areas.
My questions are for substrate minimalization, i.e........ Getting cheaper brand for fill and top 4-5" in Amazonia. Calculator put 7" total depth for base of tank at 600+ pounds. Hell with that LOL. I want to do it right so might just spend the bucks, but was at 600 total including shipping with 18L of Power Sand Special, 6x 9L of Amazonia, 8kg of La Plata Sand and then a couple fairly small items, shipping was 175$. Gotta be some better options. If I could get some suggestions that would be great, but some of the other options price out about the same.