Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Deerfield Beach, FL
Pool filter sand on top of Eco-Complete planted substrate
I've recently set up an Amazon biotope tank (37g tall) for an assortment of cory catfish I've been keeping in a smaller tank. The tank has been planted with Amazon swords and other plants native to the Amazon and currently has the Eco-Complete planted aquarium substrate without any fish in it.
The Eco-Complete seems to be great for the plants as they are flourishing and establishing nick, thick root systems, but those teeny little lava-like rocks are much too rough for burrowing cories, so I purchased some pool filter sand with the intent of putting about a 1/2" layer of it on top of the Eco-Complete so the cories will be happy.
As I sit here with rinsed and cleaned sand in a bucket and a scoop in my hand, I find myself wanting to check with all of you just to make sure I'm not about to make the biggest damned mistake in the world. Has anyone used PFS on top of a plant substrate like this with good results? I still have planting beds that will be Eco-Complete only for the plants, but I really want those cories to have the sandy bottom they are used to in the other tank.