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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-12-2019, 08:38 AM Thread Starter
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Sand divider?

Hello everyone! Took a long break from having tanks, and am setting up a 10gal. I want to have a section of sand, either in a pathway type or just an area up front. My LFS has superfine sand and I am concerned it will migrate into whatever substrate I decide on for the back areas. Would it be better to use a divider between that and the planted sections in the back? I almost have a garden type wall vision in my head, but I have seen tanks without the divider as well. Anyways, divider yes or no? What have you used that worked?
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U can substrate every where but where u want to have the path just cover the top with the sand like a path.
It will be fine. and will look wonderful
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I've tried divided substrate multiple times in the past and I always end up redoing it because I found it was a hassle to maintain. I usually always have cories so they tend to be the main culprit behind the inability to keep everything separate, but not being super careful during water changes/cleaning and moving around plants also contributed. I'd say it will depend on what you choose for the black substrate.
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I used a silicone door draft stopper to help keep the different substrates separate in my 180G. I removed the adhesive, cut it to the appropriate length, and boiled it to make sure no microbes were hitching a ride. I then placed it the tank and added the substrates around it to a height about 1/4" -1/2" inch higher than the divider.

They will still get mixed up a bit at the top due to fish and maintenance but it should make it easier to keep the two separate and prevent plants from growing across.

I found mine at HD but similar things can be found on amazon
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