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Substrate Help!

So i need help on picking the correct substrate. I currently have two small cryptocoryne undulata that are going strong in my Tetra active substrate (terracota colour), I originally had another cryptocoryne lucens in there too but the roots rotted.

Firstly is it recommended to split the two cryptocorynes into smaller bunches?

Secondly i want to add some sort of black gravel/sand to enhance the RCS colour and i want to plant dwarf hairgrass , should i keep the current substrate and layer it or replace the whole lot?

Any help would be much appreciated.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-10-2017, 11:53 PM
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Best substrate if you have the money: Aquasoil Amazonia normal.
Im not really understanding your whole question though?
nvm I got it, as sohankpatel (below comment) stated BDBS is the best way to go for show color

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Yes, you can cap your active substrate. Black diamond blasting sand is a good choice as it is cheap and many people use it.

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Yes, you can cap your active substrate. Black diamond blasting sand is a good choice as it is cheap and many people use it.


Thanks. How about the splitting of the plants? Or should i leave them together ?


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Best substrate if you have the money: Aquasoil Amazonia normal.
Im not really understanding your whole question though?
nvm I got it, as sohankpatel (below comment) stated BDBS is the best way to go for show color


Unfortunately the BDBS is an American thing , googled it and cant find it in the uk.


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Substrate Help!

I currently have this.


And Im aiming for something like this.
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So eventually the substrate will be covered.

Would it be worth it to get a finer substrate like this and put a thin layer on top ?


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