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What to put on top of Substrate

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by RossMartin, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. RossMartin

    RossMartin Junior Poster

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    I currently have black Sand on top of my Tetra Eco-complete substrate. I want to change this as i don't like it anymore and i want to re-design my tank and buy new plants. Are there any recommendations as to what i should put on top??? I want it to be suitable for a well planted tank!!!!

    Many Thanks

    Ross
     
  2. VaughnH

    VaughnH Lifetime Charter Member
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    Why don't you like it now? The answer to that question would dictate what you should use next. If you find you don't like the black color, then a lighter colored material would be your choice. Etc. As long as you are just talking about the top half inch or inch of substrate it is almost entirely a matter of what looks good to you. And, you can have a well planted tank using any inert substrate.
     
  3. RossMartin

    RossMartin Junior Poster

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    Well, i brought some and its very dusty, even though i spent hours cleaning it!!! I also use Tetra Complete Plant substrate and it says "then cover with 2-3cm of aquarium gravel. We recommend gravel of 1-3mm diameter". So am i ok to use sand or should i be using gravel?!?!
     
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    ceg4048 Lifetime Charter Member
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    Hi Ross,
    I think there might have been some confusion with the product names and function. The product you have "Tetra Complete Substrate" which is basically a peat+iron additive that is placed on the bottom and should be covered with any type of gravel you wish. It looks like you've already put the black sand on top which was the correct thing to do.

    The product known as "Caribsea Eco Complete" is a totally different product and is a substrate that already has everything it needs without the need for addition of other additives. This product is also black. I'm unsure whether you have both products and had placed the "Eco Complete" on top of the "Tetra Complete Substrate" or whether you just have regular black inert sand on top of the "Tetra Complete Substrate"

    You have two choices; 1) You can vacuum off the top black layer and then place the gravel of your choice on top of the remaining "Tetra Complete Substrate" or 2) take both products out of there an just replace with a substrate that is the color and texture you like and that does not require any other additives.

    Some popular examples of substrates that do not require additives are as follows:
    1. ADA Aquasoil (comes in four colors)
    2. Caribse EcoComplete (comes only in black)
    3. Seachem Flourite (comes in dark red and light red)
    4. Seachem Onyx Sand (come only in black)
    5. Seachem Onyx Gravel (come only in gray)

    Check this page: Substrates : Aqua Essentials

    You'll see those five products there. All the other products on that page are additives which require gravel on top.

    Cheers,
     
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