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Today 05:43 AM
Originally Posted by RWaters View Post
I believe it's an aquatic plant soil substrate available overseas.
I guess guess he was meant ISTA (a Tiwanese aqua -product company)
Today 05:15 AM
Mikeygmzmg Here is my 10 gallon. Not sure if it's low tech tho? It has co2 lol and a finnex planted plus light. I started it 3 weeks ago.
Today 04:39 AM
aquafella Here's another trivia question..lmao I have this slim HOB filter that I got from a LFS 380L/H and I'm worried because it's too strong and is disturbing my new substrate and uprooting some of my plants..can anyone post a pic of what filtration is best for planted tanks? or if I can do something to slower the output current? i have read some using soap dish under the output of the HOB..any other strategy?
Today 12:01 AM
10 gal

Heres my 10 gal. What do you guys think? Any suggestions on a plant to hide/block the heater and intake. CPDs hiding at the back of the tank.

03-28-2015 12:56 AM
Originally Posted by Bradleyv1714 View Post
What is ista?
I believe it's an aquatic plant soil substrate available overseas.
03-27-2015 06:04 PM
Bradleyv1714 What is ista?
03-27-2015 01:03 PM
HDBenson Nope that's why I'm/we're here! If you can. I would remove even more than half if not all of the gravel. It just seems you don't want to remove it which is fine as long as you take out some of it.
03-27-2015 08:10 AM
aquafella Thanks again have helped me so much..hope you won't get tired of answering questions here..
03-27-2015 04:59 AM
HDBenson Aquafella. That should be fine with no cap on top. I still suggest removing about half of your gravel. Maybe an inch(3cm) of gravel then top it with the ISTA.
03-27-2015 04:32 AM
Not final yet..

Here is my current set up but I'm planning to rescape it and add some healthy substrate for my plants on top of my gravel..
03-27-2015 02:59 AM
Kind of substrate..

Thank you for answering my questions HDBenson..just so you know, this is the kind of substrate I'm planning to put on top of my gravel..this is ok right?
03-26-2015 08:07 PM
Kylesaltandpepper This might be a little off topic but I was wondering how much ppm of KH2PO4, KNO3, K, and plantex csm+b you need for a low tech 55g.
03-26-2015 05:49 PM
Sparklescale This is my new 7.5g Finnex. It has been set up since the middle of Feb. but, I just re-scaped it a few days ago. I have a fine sifted top-soil base, topped with Flourite black sand. The rocks are some soft sandstone from New Mexico. I'm not sure what to expect from this Finnex LED light, so, if it is too much and I start getting algae, I will start dosing Glute.
03-26-2015 02:33 PM
HDBenson Guess my response didn't post. Aquafella, I would remove half of your gravel. Then, put this substrate on top of the remaining gravel. Finally re-cap the ISTA with the original gravel or, sand. Make sure the entire substrate layer is no more than three inches at the deepest point - two inches would be better. The gravel will help to anchor plants better than the soil(in my experience MOST commercial substrates are lighter than gravel). If you do not put something like sand or, gravel on the ITSA soil then you will have a big mess in your aquarium.
03-26-2015 05:46 AM
aquafella Nice tank HDBenson..So you are saying that it is safe for me to put ista soil on top of my gravel? Because that's what I'm planning to do so I can confidently plant the dwarf sag, amazon sword and hairgrass..thanks for the tip..
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