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Question Question about starting up 55 gallon fish-less cycle

Hey ya'll I've got question about setting up a tank with a fish-less plant-less cycle. I've got a 55g with a fluval 405 can filter, dual t 5 lights; i forgot the temp of them ATM and i'm doing a 3 inch bed with eco-complete for 2 inches and a sand top.
My question is can i just lay the 2 inch bed of eco complete down and do the cycle with the soaked driftwood in there and then once its done, add the sand When ive got the plants bought and here or will that mess with the biological filtration covering the eco sub?
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you can pretty much do whatever it is you want to do as far as cycling. But I must warn you, you cannot cap eco complete with sand.

As is the nature of smaller particles sitting on top of larger; the sand will eventually end up under the eco complete.


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thanks for the quick reply, and i didn't think that part through about substrate any idea's what to do about that cause i find the florite, eco, and etc ugly and i like the idea of the look sand gives for planted tanks.
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mineralized top soil capped with sand? just sand with root tabs is also an option. Or maybe even flourite black, which is a sand sized grain, capped with white sand.

Also remember that sand gets dirty fast, and is really pretty difficult to clean when you've got plants you don't want to disturb.

do you just not like a dark substrate? if you're fine with dark substrate, flourite black sand could do it for you http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...87&cagpspn=pla


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I almost went black, but decided against it since my first take is black gravel kinda bored of the color. one of the bigger issues is i have the substrates already bought, i just read this however about a guy putting what he said was a very fine layer of filter floss in between the layers cutting out areas where the plants will go. I don't know if anyone has tried this before or anything. If so tell me how it went cause it kinda sounds like the path i may i go that or do the front in sand with plants that don't need the eco.
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You can actually just draw a layout of how you want your tank done on paper. Make a cardboard border to segregate where you want the regular substrate and sand. Carefully remove border. Fill tank very carefully
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