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Old 02-25-2007, 10:27 PM   #1
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Low light plants...which substrate to use.

I would like everyones' opinions on what substrate I should use for low light plants. The species will be limited: anubias, crypts, ferns, and some stem plants. Obviously, I would not bury the rhizomes of the anubias or the fern, but their roots would be in the substrate. Is a nutrient rich substrate that important for these kinds of plants?

Right now I have basic aquarium gravel and some sand mixed together. If need be, I could always add fert tabs below for the root feeders like the crypts if I keep the gravel. If it is important to get different substrate, I am looking at a pretty penny considering I have a 150 gallon.

Note: I have had success with the anubias with only gravel, but I have had phenomenal success with eco-complete in my other tank. I just want to know if it would be necessary to buy that for low light plants.
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For those plants paying for a planted substrate would not be needed.
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I didn't think so, but I just thought that I would ask before I purchased more plants.
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A "plant substrate" isn't really necessary even in a High Light tank. It's just nice to have as it can make it a bit easier to take care of the plants. The main thing is to shoot for something with a particle size 2-3mm and supplement with plant tabs if necessary.
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