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post #1 of 5 Old 01-28-2012, 11:58 PM Thread Starter
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Help! Pebbles and Sand in One!

So I wonder if I can layer pebbles and sand together.. the bottom layer is pebbles and on top of it is sand.. and I know that you're thinking that the smaller size sand particles may fall down beneath the pebbles while the large ones remain on top. But, what if I add more sand that it fills the bottom with smaller sand and on top is a balanced size sand particles.. will that be okay?

and also, I wonder if my plan succeed. Can I plant my plants between the layers? I currently have java ferns only.
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post #2 of 5 Old 01-29-2012, 01:52 AM
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i was also thinking the same thing about the sand in the gravel im going to try it tomorrow so ill let u know.

java ferns cannot be planted in gravel ,they need to be tied to bogwood or stone etc.If they are planted in gravel the roots start to rot.
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post #3 of 5 Old 01-29-2012, 05:11 AM
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I have tried it and it works.. The sand just fills all the gap between.
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post #4 of 5 Old 01-29-2012, 12:59 PM
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If the look you want is sand on top, then why use pebbles at all? You will need more sand, and have a deeper substrate than necessary. Which can cause issues.

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post #5 of 5 Old 01-29-2012, 03:42 PM
I added sand to a [fine] gravel substrate and it has been just fine.

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