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Old 05-23-2016, 11:14 AM   #1
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I am just about to start fishless cycling my 55g tank which is currently all gravel but I keep coming back to look at some corys....

I am planting a fair amount and like the look of the gravel so really want to keep it but would also like to put in some sand to make the corys happy

I have read lots of things about the issues keeping the sand and gravel separate and came up with the idea of effectively putting some sand inside a bowl. I haven't quite worked out the details yet but was thinking that rather than try and have two substrates sat on the bottom of the tank I could effectively put the sand in some kind of bowl. I was thinking something like a large petri-dish (or perhaps cut up a Tupperware container) to which I could glue pebbles around and effectively give me a removable sand patch.

My concern is that in doing so I am stopping flow under the sand. If I had 15mm of sand would / could this cause any problems? Would say a 120mm circular path of sand actually be worth it?
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I don't think this will be a huge problem as it sounds like you can lift the container up every so often? It sounds a nice idea.

I've had fake rocks sit in place for months (although with plants) without too much trouble keeping the tank clean if that helps.
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