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Keeping substrates from mixing?

I need to find a way to keep my substrate from mixing, i want a nice sandy patch on the side with my plants or the opposite side. i want one side to have sand like a river and one with gravel. would putting a lining in it would it keep from mixing? any ideas or pics of how you did it?

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I'm not sure a lining would work; however, some people have used cardboard and/or overhead transparencies as well as (the thinnest) sheets of acrylic. This should work to prevent your substrates from mixing (it also does a good job of confining plants to one area, i.e. you might not want your Hairgrass growing everywhere).

I couldn't find pictures, but there's a lot of prior discussion regarding this as well.

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Ok i'll look into that. but otherwise, anybody have any more tips or secrets?

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Ok i'll look into that. but otherwise, anybody have any more tips or secrets?
My 20H planted shrimp tank has only been up for about 3 mos and has a sand patch through the middle of it. I used a piece of plexi glass to separate the substrates with small pebble stone on either side of the plexi glass. When I pulled out the plexi glass the small stones held the substrates in place. So far it has remained seperated. The front of the tank is 1/2 sand 1/2 eco. The sand tapers to the back to a point.
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So would i buy a piece of plexi glass about 3" tall and as wide as my aquarium? i think i might do that, but how would you keep the plexiglass in place?

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You can probably silicone it to the bottom of the tank

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and if you want to take it out? lol.

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So would i buy a piece of plexi glass about 3" tall and as wide as my aquarium? i think i might do that, but how would you keep the plexiglass in place?
the weight of each substrate on either side of the plexi should hold it in place.
I have a "river" of sand in between my eco and I dont have anything separating them... click on the link of "29gall" in my sig if you want to see it...
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Wait nvm, you can just put the substrates where you want it as long as it's as high as the silicone.

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