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Mikey1973 02-12-2012 12:32 AM

Substrait Options.. Gravel and Sand..
 
Ok thinking about trying something I couldn't find on here... I have a 10 gal tank. Currently I have just gravel. I am kicking around the idea of cleaning about 8-10 inches of gravel and dividing it somehow and putting in a sand, kind of like having a sandbox, so my catfish will have a place to play so to say. Any thoughts or ideas?

GwenInNM 02-12-2012 10:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Mikey1973 (Post 980223)
Ok thinking about trying something I couldn't find on here... I have a 10 gal tank. Currently I have just gravel. I am kicking around the idea of cleaning about 8-10 inches of gravel and dividing it somehow and putting in a sand, kind of like having a sandbox, so my catfish will have a place to play so to say. Any thoughts or ideas?


You'll end up getting the two mixed together over time. Your catfish would prefer sand. I guess you could create a "box" and put only sand it in, and keep replacing sand as it lessens in the box. It may be worth a try. Why not just go completely to sand?

Gwen

AbbeysDad 02-12-2012 07:48 PM

A while back I was lured to the dark side of the benfits of the 'deep sand bed' even without living plants... so I added [pool filter] sand to my fine [natural] gravel substrate. With the exception of a deep layer, the sand filters down below the surface gravel. To a point, you could create a sandy area, but Gwen is right, in time it will mix. You can try it and if it doesn't work, you can always tear it down later to remove the gravel and switch to all sand.

Good luck.

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Mikey1973 02-15-2012 07:23 PM

well here is my first attempt at it. Looks like a 5th grader aquascaped my tank..lol.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...100_1973-1.jpg

SinCrisis 02-15-2012 11:11 PM

As someone had said, sand and gravel will mix with the sand on the bottom and gravel on top. This is also known as the brazilian nut effect. Anyway, one other way to do this is to set up a physical barrier. I have used large rocks to set up a division before in my tanks. Also, some cut a piece of acrylic and slide it in as a divider to keep the substrates separate.


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