Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Few substrate questions
So, I'm trying to plan out my next tank and was doing some reading on substrates. I read through one of the big substrate comparison threads here and had a few questions. The tank will be 10-15 gallons and semi-low tech. It'll have a 1x39W T5HO Catalina fixture, Fluval 205, and some plants I had in mind were HC, DHG, mosses, and a few others..
Reason I say semi-low tech is because I'm looking to not use co2 in this tank, if possible. I don't mind adding root tabs or ferts every so often, but I already have a high-tech setup and was looking for something requiring less attention.
1. The thread didn't include Azoo Plant Grower Bed... I've seen guys on here use it, is it any good?
2. Are the 'plant' substrates really worth it? A lot of them have high CEC and include nutrients - is this relevant if I dose O+ tabs every few months or so?
3. If I'm going the MGOCPM/MTS route, capped with Black Diamond Blasting Sand, will that be enough to keep up the nutrients and carbon content?
The tank will likely house some shrimp and a small school of fish. I'm basically looking for a substrate that's low-maintenance, provides nutrients to keep my plants healthy, easy to grow a carpet on, and is safe for shrimp.