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Old 11-29-2004, 04:25 PM   #11
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Substrate is important. But if you can't afford flourite or eco-complete, pea gravel and root tabs can make up for it. Plant substrates are more convenient..but you pay for it.
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Can you put a colorful gravel, etc over top of the plant substrate?
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Old 11-30-2004, 02:31 PM   #13
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If you really want to, sure. I affectionately refer to the colored variety as 'clown puke gravel'.
I don't find it aesthetically pleasing to put a lot of effort into using real plants and creating a more natural environment, to then turn around and use fluorescent pink gravel.

I don't mean to be snooty tho...its your tank, and if you really like the colorful gravel, then use it. Its technically fine to layer substrates. However I'd suggest flourite over eco-complete for the bottom layer, simple because it's heavier. Regardless, layering of 2 gravel substrates will always result in the two getting mixed together, so the colorful stuff won't stay on top forever.
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