Question Eco-complete With Sand Over It - Good Idea?

JJBriant

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I have a 29 gallon aquarium with 2 amazon sword, 2 java fern, 3 Anubias, 2 vallisneria, and some small grass plants. I can’t reme what it is. My substrate is Carib-sea eco complete. My concern is that I have some Cory’s and a Bolivian ram and the eco complete is kind of large granules. I was thinking I could add a layer of sand on top of it. Do you think that would work for making it better for the bottom feeders? I just am afraid of making the eco complete not work by adding sand on top of it
 

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When I started I used Eco, my cories had no problem with it. My Plants grew like crazy.Then decided to give Bolivians a try. During research it was mentioned they are earth eaters they take mouthfuls of sand and sift through it. So I topped off the Eco with sand on 1/3 of the tank. At first they did spend more time on the sanded area. Over the course of a month or so the sand settled into the nooks and crannies. Eventually, due to vacuuming and the cories digging the sand all but disappeared below the Eco. So I ended up with a Eco and sand mixture and with no negative effects on the plants.

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