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Old 12-12-2018, 02:44 AM   #1
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Mesh between soil and sand cap

Iíve read about some people putting a layer of meshó like the plastic needle-point canvas, maybeó between their dirt and their sand cap. I even read of someone using a layer of leaves between the two, but the plastic seems like it would hold up better. Presumably this would help the with soil coming up through the sand and also prevents fish that root around in the sand like cories or kuhlis from turning up the dirt. Plant roots would grow down into the soil.
Is this a good idea?
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Iím probably going to do this unless someone tells me it isnít an okay idea. It will make moving plants difficult once the roots grow through the mesh but with a dirted tank I wasnít going to really move the plants much anyway.
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I really have no idea how this would work but it seems like it is a good idea to me. The only thing to consider would be, like you said, not being able to move your plants once they set in. Also, getting plastic that doesn't have anything harmful to your fish in it. Outside of that I don't see how it wouldn't work.
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I canít see any reason why this wouldnít work.
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Maybe have your dirt layer, then a half inch layer of cap (sand / gravel) and then the plastic mesh and finally the main cap on top?
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Old 12-14-2018, 12:39 PM   #6
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Thank you all for the replies!
I stopped by my LFS to pick up sand and I found this: ďRhyzomatĒ
Itís actually intended for similar purposes as what Iím looking for so I got it to use instead of the plastic mesh layer. Itís made of coconut husk, like the liners that can sometimes be found in the garden shop for hanging baskets.Click image for larger version

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