12-15-2009, 12:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Angel079
Gosh I love them guys, aren't they just fun to watch!?
What did you add to your tank there...likes like hay to me?
That's Coconut mat. I knew this was going to be a planted tank with fish who like to re-arrange plants, so the mat goes under the substrate and gives the roots something to anchor too. The LFS also told me it will help reduce pH swings. I'm not sure if I like it or not, it does it's job well -anchoring plants-. The section in the pics was a mound I built up when I set the tank up, it worked to keep the mound in place, but most of the surface substrate has settled downhill -like it always does- leaving the bare patch of mat. Which the Loaches decided would be a great place to dig around and make a nest under the outlet and the heater. Overall the mat saved me a few bucks -$5 worth replaced a bag of eco-complete-, it allows the plants to anchor really well and the Loaches like it. It takes about a month for all the tanins to leach out, so if you can't stand a yellow tank, don't bother.