I am using aquariumplants.com substrate....kinda like kitty litter. I bought it before I read about planted tanks. Not saying there is anything wrong with it. It was cheap and works wonderfully. They only had this color then (yrs ago) but now they have more.
~30 Rummy-nose Tetras, ~30 Balloon Lamp-eye Tetras, 2 Bristlenose Plecos, 4 German Blue Rams, 1 Rainbow Shark ~15 Amano Shrimp, 8 Roseline Sharks, 3 Clown Loaches, 2 SAEs