- Jul 1, 2021
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- Cleator Moor, Cumbria
Before I commit to adding substrate, I thought it might be helpful to explain my thought processes, with regards principles I intend to pay attention to.
- I want it to look as natural as I can get it. This means natural materials and a natural 'flow' to those materials. Wood, stone and substrate should be as coordinated as possible.
- I want an area dedicated to plants, so I can test out the new plant substrates I've discovered, and an beach area for loaches.
- I need to create a gradual high point, leading down to a low point. I don't want 'dead' areas and, ideally, I want all the waste to accumulate in the one spot, preferably as close to the filter as I can get it.
- I want plenty of hidey holes, even before planting, but I'll want to be able to see inside those hidey-holes. (No hidden corpses, rotting away in my tank, thank you very much!
- I do want to create still zones in the water, without compromising #3 above.
- This will be a planted tank, but I'm not going to obsess about plant types and their country of origin. (Probably).