09-04-2010, 04:01 AM
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Well depending on the look youre going for, they are different approaches you can use.
In one of my tanks, im growing rice plants with a female fighter and the substrate is just sandy loam with all the black things washed out (think its silt or something). I was afraid that the water would stir up the sand so badly and cloud up the water that i have a layer of small pebbles and it works fine, although i think that i can remove the pebbles if i wanted to and it wouldnt make much of a difference.
If you don't want pebbles, you can maybe get some java moss and cover up the open areas, itll give it a nice grassy look.
If its a rocky, cavey look youre going for, you could put some big rocks in front of the filter intake, but dont block it off completely and use rocks to cover up the open areas as well.
Well thats all the suggestions i can come up with for now.
By the way, how big is this tank and what are you keeping in it?