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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-28-2013, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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what kind of substrate

what substrate is a good substrate that is good for plants and is quite cheap. Maybe flourite? or what...give me ideas.

tank is 10 gallons and have fish in it for 3 years
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-28-2013, 07:15 PM
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I like seachem flourite. its expensive (20 bucks for a 25 pound bag) but I think that its worth it.

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I have Eco complete and like it. Only had a tank for two months though! Lol.
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Dirt is extremely cheap and has a good amount of nutrients.
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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-28-2013, 08:14 PM
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if you wanna spend like 30 bucks, you can get 3 liters of aquasoil normal type and it is way better than flourite IMHO

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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-29-2013, 10:04 AM
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Seachem flourite, will last forever but doesn't contain any nutrients. It "store and hold/release " nutrients from fertz we dose. Aquasoil like ADA amazonian. Will last about 1 year plus or 2 yrs even more before it disintegrates. Contain nutrients will last roughly a year plus minus. Able to buffer PH to 6.5 but leech Ammonia in the beginning. So take your pick. Which suit you.
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what do you want to grow?

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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-29-2013, 01:42 PM
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What you want to grow is an issue but regular sand blasting #4 sand is commonly sold in Mom & Pop pet shops for
aquarium gravel and (most) plants grow well in it. You don't need that much but a 40lb bag cost about $13-$16
if you have a sand blasting yard around you. Yellow Pages will let you know. Obviously the Mom & Pop's divide it
into 2-5lb bags and sell it for more. About half the size of walmart plain gravel. But less tan $10 will get you up and so on.
A person from another forum says he has 7 freshwater tanks along/w his mostly salt water kind and plain gravel ones
are the only ones which have no algae problems but slight. Or as he put it...only one of my tanks has other than gravel
and it is the only one/w algae problems.
Flake fish food provides Phosphates and nitrates and Sea Chem Flourish Comprehensive provides the Micros. You can
tweek it as any deficiency symptoms happen.
Or you can do the high tech thing. I'd think you would match the substrate to the type of tech you have/want.
Look on the Sea Chem site to see the ingredients of Flourite and you will see why the tank/w it is the only one that
guy has which has algae problems in it. Also why I got a bag ASAP when he told me that to re-do my tank/w.
But pay me no mind cause I cultivate algae and stick rocks/gravel onto the walls to give the algae a place to cling to.
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just beginner plants and i bought a bag of floramax. I heard its basically the same as the ecocomplete
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