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Old 02-26-2011, 10:48 AM   #1
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I'm looking for something that will let plant roots grow strong. I want them to be anchored well because I want a hammers cobalt blue lobster and they apparently like to rearrange things. If I put a layer of soil down and covered it with gravel, will plants grow well in that and will the crayfish and fish be okay with that? What do you suggest?
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That's not a bad idea. Or, instead of a gravel topper, if you wanted something a bit finer you could consider 3M colorquartz. They come in a variety of colors and have a good grain size.

I think the trick is going to be going deep. You're going to need a deep substrate so that you can plant your plants really deep to make them hold better. Once the roots get established they'll do better on their own, but a deep substrate layer will help hold them while that happens, and capping with gravel of some sort should be helpful in your scenario.
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I had crayfish in a tank with pool filter sand as the substrate. The tank was also planted, but a bit of warning, they will treat your plants like a salad bar. Our 2 crayfish decimated $100.00 in plants.

When I use sand I also used Flora Base. I would dig out the hole where the plants were going, add the Flora Base then put in the plant. I also use it layered between gravel in other tanks. My plants are loving it. I know the bag says not to use it with other substrates but it also says it lasts about a year then you have to replace it. Why would I remove an entire tank's worth of substrate vs mixing it with the substrate?
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Where can you get the color quartz from?

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Local swimming pool installation/service places usually.
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Thanks for the info! Plenty of them around here on Long Island.

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I bought a pair of crayfish that ate all of the plants. I then tried silk plants, they destroyed those too. I tried plastic plants and they too were mangled. I also had fish disappear, no bodies, just gone. Crayfish are quite fascinating but terribly destructive. They have gone now so I am just setting up a new tank WITHOUT crayfish lol.
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Thanks for the help, everyone. I'm going to look into those different substrate options you've mentioned and see what I like best. I'm glad it seems that this idea should work out.

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