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Old 03-29-2011, 10:40 PM   #1
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Best substrate

I was wondering what everyone finds to be best for plant substrate? I am toying with setting up a 10 gallon planted tank and am wondering what people have had success with.
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Old 03-30-2011, 09:59 AM   #2
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It really depends on what you want to spend and how much work you want to do. I've got plants in PFS and play sand. There's little to no nutrients in the sand, but it's cheap.

Some people use dirt, mineralized top soil, or ballfield dirt like Turface. These substrates are messier than sand, but they have nutrients and absorb ferts from the water column.

Others shell out the cash for EcoComplete, Flourite, AquaSoil, or some other substrate engineered for planted tanks. It's the least work, but costs the most.
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Old 03-30-2011, 03:50 PM   #3
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Bigjim is right on. It really comes down to personal preference and budget. I have had high tech tanks with aquarium gravel as substrate. I currently am using aquasoil... Both work great. My plants do grow a lot faster though in aquasoil vs. Gravel.
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I really don't mind spending a little extra to have my plants grow faster, I enjoy pruning and watching plants change from day to day (thats why I love water sprite).

I want something black though, for some reason I always thought that tanks with black substrate looked really good.

If it's any help, the tank is going to be designed to house pygmy or licorice gouramis (still researching both). So the planting will be fairly dense.
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:07 PM   #5
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Quick sort off topic question, about how deep should the substrate be, 3"-4"?
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Well, PFS is out of the question if you want black. Eco or Flourite is kind of a dark brown. I'm not personally familiar with any black, but I'm sure its out there.

2-3" is plenty IMO. I have about 2" in one of my takns, and about 2.5-3" in another. No noticable improvement in the extra depth except for rooting big swords (and I mean BIG).
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Old 03-30-2011, 08:24 PM   #7
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I really don't like sand anyways, too messy IMO. I can live with something close to black, after all form follows function (most of the time...)

What about a mix/layering of flourite and eco complete (those are the two I know I can get easily).

edit: But then again, I've only had experience with super super fine sand.
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Petsmart has some black sand fro around $22
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I have it in a 20 Gal and it looks nice. Got water sprite in it and its doing good.
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