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Mosquito Netting in tank

Hello, I have a quick question about setting up a planted tank. I have a 50 gallon tank that I plan on making a planted tank, but I only have playsand for a substrate. It works fine for the anacharis growing in the tank now, but I want to get more plants and some nice grass. The problem is that I want to use a soil substrate under my sand, but I dont want the sand to get mixed with the soil. Could I use a mosquito net to separate the two, but still allowing roots to reach the soil? Thanks.
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Really shouldn't need netting or such. lots of people cap their soil with sand only and don't have problems

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Really shouldn't need netting or such. lots of people cap their soil with sand only and don't have problems
I should have mentoined that I have an oscar in the tank and he likes to stir up the sand every now and then, which would be a problem if I had the soild beneath.
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I should have mentoined that I have an oscar in the tank and he likes to stir up the sand every now and then, which would be a problem if I had the soild beneath.
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netting might work, I would also check home depot some of that soil barrier stuff

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I'm just gonna place a friendly wager that the netting wouldn't stop Oscar anyway if he felt like "mucking around".
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Whatever, Im just going to give the netting a go, I bought some on ebay for 5 bucks. Ill post a journal soon.
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Best of luck, keep us posted

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If the cap isn't in place, egg crate over the soil should work to prevent your oscar from exposing the soil. I'd use several pieces instead of one large plate to make servicing easier in the future.
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If the cap isn't in place, egg crate over the soil should work to prevent your oscar from exposing the soil. I'd use several pieces instead of one large plate to make servicing easier in the future.
Thank you, thats actually a brilliant idea.
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I have to agree 100%. Brilliant indeed. A sheet of eggcrate would certainly work. This is the kind of stuff we all come to forums like this for. Good stuff!
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