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Old 01-13-2021, 08:47 AM   #1
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Hi guys Im looking at doing a planted tank ...
What substrate would you guys recommend ?
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Old 01-13-2021, 09:29 AM   #2
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What type of plants are you planning on? A low tech tank set up will be fine with sand or gravel. Some plants don't need a substrate at all as they either float in the water or attach to rock or driftwood.

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https://youtu.be/DpOVZEhBQ2c
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Gravel or soil capped with gravel would be my recommendation.
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Hi I have co2 already to go .......
Plant wise I’ve not looked into yet ......
I just don’t want to waste money on substrate that isn’t good further down the line
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Gravel or soil capped with gravel would be my recommendation.
Any brands you would recommend ...

I was looking at Darnell scapers
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Any brands you would recommend ...

I was looking at Darnell scapers

Just dirt. Topsoil or the like. No particular brand. Organic would be better.
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I use seachem flourite clay which I have mixed with gravel, the pelletised clays or laterite clays. Heaps out there. I do just start with inert clays though which take time to build up with humus.

People here use clay sands fine although I also find dirt is outstanding for results.

If a large tank and large rooted plants then I find I get better results with thicker substrate. Expensive but only have to set up once.
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i dont like substrate very much, i would plant them in a small flowerpot
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Old 01-14-2021, 08:29 AM   #9
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Thanks Ive just seen CaribSea eco complete ....
Just looking into this ....
The tank is a 4x2 .
Want it a little higher at the back
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