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Capping Eco complete with black sand?

So I will be setting up a 75 gallon planted tank sometime in the near future and was wondering if there was any way I could cap eco complete with some type of black sand (either play or pool sand) without the two substrates mixing? I want my cory cats to have sand to play in, but also want some sort of plant substrate to help my plants grow.
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I wouldn't bother. The finer substrate will eventually sift through to the bottom. You'll end up with two layers with all the sand at the bottom (reverse of what you want).


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+1 for Tony. You could do a half-n-half, (EC in the parts with plants and sand everywhere else) or just stick with black sand/coal slag on the whole thing.
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I tried that and yep, the sand isn't on the top anymore. I want to re-do my substrate and get rid of the eco


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Don't use eco. Just use sand. I ditched eco for black diamond and it was totally worth it thus far


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+1. Fine particle substrate will NEVER remain on top of course large grain substrate for any amount of time. It'll always just eventually fall to the bottom, filling in the gaps.


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I set up a 10G and a 40B with Activ-Flora. And I love it. It is more like very small granules rather than sand. It does not cloud up when disturbed and holds plants well. I don't vac the substrate because I have so many plants but I do wave the vac back and forth over the top of the substrate to remove mulm. It comes in quite a few colors. I wanted the black which was unavailable forever from the vendor, but a LFS was able to order it for me. It was not cheap at $20/16lb bag. But I really like it!!! Bonus is that my Dwarf Panda Cories, Otos, and Flying Foxes all like to mess around in it! I do use root tabs and dose dry ferts but from what I've read you end up doing that with any planted tank at some point no matter what substrate you use.
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