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01-08-2013, 03:29 PM   #1
Leeroyv
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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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 01-08-2013, 04:03 PM #2 Airstreamin Algae Grower   PTrader: (0/0%) Join Date: Dec 2012 Location: DFW, TX Posts: 23 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. __________________ My 100gal Corner Tank Journal
01-08-2013, 04:06 PM   #3
Leeroyv
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 Originally Posted by Airstreamin 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.
thanks pal

01-08-2013, 04:35 PM   #4
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 Originally Posted by leeroyv thanks pal
np!
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 01-08-2013, 04:42 PM #5 somewhatshocked Obsessed? Maybe     PTrader: (472/100%) Join Date: Aug 2011 Location: Louisville, KY Posts: 11,922 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. __________________ 12gal Long | 20L Shrimp Tanks | 3gal Longs | 10gal | Vase | 45-F | 5.5gal | Triple Cubes | Rimless Bow-Front
01-08-2013, 05:09 PM   #6
Leeroyv
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 Originally Posted by somewhatshocked 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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