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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-21-2018, 11:47 PM Thread Starter
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Did I start off wrong?

Hi, I have a tank with sandy substrate with no fertilizers beneath them. I wanna start a planted tank, but will I have to empty the tank to add fertilizer in the substrate? Or will the plants be fine? I'm a bit of a beginner.
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Read up in the fertilizer and water parameters section. At the very top there is a sticky section with useful topics. You can just add root tabs if you want to. I and a lot of others with nice scapes use sand. I would recommend reading a bunch and then a two prong approach of substrate and water column fertilization that is suitable for your plant mass and growth habits.


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You'll be fine without putting fertilizers in the substrate. Lots of folks here on TPT dose directly into the water column without putting anything into the substrate.


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After a bit more research I've heard that some plant roots may struggle with a fine sand substrate. Will I still be able to grow a highly planted tank with a sandy substrate? :S
Also, carpeting plants can grow well on fine sand?
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After a bit more research I've heard that some plant roots may struggle with a fine sand substrate. Will I still be able to grow a highly planted tank with a sandy substrate? :S
Also, carpeting plants can grow well on fine sand?


Plants do just fine in sand given they receive the proper ferts and lighting.


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