Sand On Eco-complete?

all-out-fallout

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I’m getting kuhlis and I’ve decided I want sand. Only problem is that my Eco-Complete has been working wonders for me and I’m not about to throw it out the window. So here’s my question—could I top off my Eco-Complete with sand? Will that cause issues with potential gas bubble trapping? Will it be too dense for my plants?
 

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I don't think you would have any issues in fact some on your plant roots may prefer the grit of sand, and aesthetically it would just mix over time.
 

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I've had Eco-Complete topped with about an inch of Tahitian moon sand in one of my tanks for 6 months and I'm very happy with it so far. I'm still pretty new to the hobby and I am definitely not a plant expert, but I can say that at least the plants that I have are doing well (crypts, dwarf water lilies, water wisteria, Amazon compacta). There has definitely been some mixing over time and I personally really like how it looks in the tank. Some folks might not care for that look (and I can totally understand why) but I think having some of the Eco-Complete visible here and there makes the substrate more visually interesting.
 
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I don't think you would have any issues in fact some on your plant roots may prefer the grit of sand, and aesthetically it would just mix over time.
Thanks! I went through with it. Currently my biggest problem is that it’s crazy cloudy in there, but I know it’ll get better.

I've had Eco-Complete topped with about an inch of Tahitian moon sand in one of my tanks for 6 months and I'm very happy with it so far. I'm still pretty new to the hobby and I am definitely not a plant expert, but I can say that at least the plants that I have are doing well (crypts, dwarf water lilies, water wisteria, Amazon compacta). There has definitely been some mixing over time and I personally really like how it looks in the tank. Some folks might not care for that look (and I can totally understand why) but I think having some of the Eco-Complete visible here and there makes the substrate more visually interesting.
I’m really digging the variety of my Eco-Complete mixed with the sand. Thanks for the feedback!
 
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