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Old 10-18-2012, 07:16 PM   #1
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My 10 gal tank

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1 x loach

crushed coral substrate with driftwood
going to try to plant a few plants when water ph levels out
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:13 PM   #2
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Crushed coral is not good for loaches or plants in my opinion.
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Old 10-19-2012, 05:37 PM   #3
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Yeah crushed coral isn't really advisable for freshwater planted tanks as it will raise the pH and hardness. I think its only suitable for African cichlids (which get too big for your tank) and some brackish applications. I suggest either using sand (like Caribsea super naturals or pool filter sand) or a substrate specific for planting such as eco-complete, floramax, fluorite, or aqua soils such as Fluval stratum or ADA Amazonia. If you go with sand, get some root tabs since sand is inert and won't contain trace elements.
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