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how much substarte??? wanting to order!!

looking to get a bag of fluval plant stratum substrate for my fluval spec 19l (V) but an i get away with just getting the 2kg bag??? looking to get this ordered asap as i wanna start the tank cycling

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The "general" rule of thumb is 1 lb of substrate for 1" depth for every gallon.

For example:
1" substrate in 20 gallon tank = 20 lbs of substrate
2" substrate in 20 gallon tank = 40 lbs of substrate
etc.

so 19l = 5 US Gallons (roughly) which means you would need 5 lbs of substrate to get a 1" base or 2.26 kg. So your 2kg bag should give you the right amount for a 1" layer.
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The "general" rule of thumb is 1 lb of substrate for 1" depth for every gallon.

For example:
1" substrate in 20 gallon tank = 20 lbs of substrate
2" substrate in 20 gallon tank = 40 lbs of substrate
etc.

so 19l = 5 US Gallons (roughly) which means you would need 5 lbs of substrate to get a 1" base or 2.26 kg. So your 2kg bag should give you the right amount for a 1" layer.
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thanks pal
np!
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You can't base this on weight. Fluval Stratum is extremely light-weight.

Additionally, Fluval Shrimp Stratum (same as Plant Stratum, just smaller grain size) would be a better scale for your tank.

You'll want to get at least 4kg. May have a bit left over but it's better than not having enough.
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You can't base this on weight. Fluval Stratum is extremely light-weight.

Additionally, Fluval Shrimp Stratum (same as Plant Stratum, just smaller grain size) would be a better scale for your tank.

You'll want to get at least 4kg. May have a bit left over but it's better than not having enough.
cheers for the input matey... its only a few extra for 4kg of shrimp stratum over the 2kg of plant stratum so i'll do it that way round
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