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:?: Substrate of choice :?:

OK - Small is Cool. What is the general view on substrates. What would be the most popular?

I've read in the past that some people get great results using kitty litter (??). Only certain "PH inert" types however.

Anyone got advice on this??
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:?: Substrate of choice :?:

OK - Small is Cool. What is the general view on substrates. What would be the most popular?

I've read in the past that some people get great results using kitty litter (??). Only certain "PH inert" types however.

Anyone got advice on this??
Presently Fourite is the best substrate on the market IMHO.

Flourite™ is a specially fracted stable porous clay gravel for the natural planted aquarium. Although it may be mixed with other gravels, Flourite™ is best used as an integral substrate bed. Any mixture should be at least half Flourite™. Gravel modifiers such as laterite are not necessary. Flourite™ is not chemically coated or treated, and will not alter the pH of the water. Although pre-washed, it should be rinsed before use to remove residual dust.
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Sand gets my vote!
It feels super soft in the tank and the plants root great!

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Aside from cost, there are few downsides to Fluorite. It will make the water cloudy for a day or so, but won't cloud up the water every time you distrub the substrate the way kitty litter will. It doesn't compact with time and it looks great.
Unless you're on a REALLY tight budget, and want to try kitty litter, go for at least 50% Fluorite. The other 50% can be sand, to save money and also make it a bit easier to plant rooted plants.

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:?: Substrate of choice :?:

OK - Small is Cool. What is the general view on substrates. What would be the most popular?

I've read in the past that some people get great results using kitty litter (??). Only certain "PH inert" types however.

Anyone got advice on this??
Presently Fourite is the best substrate on the market IMHO.

Flourite™ is a specially fracted stable porous clay gravel for the natural planted aquarium. Although it may be mixed with other gravels, Flourite™ is best used as an integral substrate bed. Any mixture should be at least half Flourite™. Gravel modifiers such as laterite are not necessary. Flourite™ is not chemically coated or treated, and will not alter the pH of the water. Although pre-washed, it should be rinsed before use to remove residual dust.
How did you get that tiny little TM sign next to the word Flourite :?:

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How did you get that tiny little TM sign next to the word Flourite :?:
I copied the text from Seachems page
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I have to admit that i've been using a creek/river sand substrate in my "big" tank for a while and the plants seem to like it. Is there any reason that this wouldn't be a good choice also?
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im currently using gravel.

will low light plants be able able to root and survive in gravel? Newbie here.
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ADA aqua soil is probably the best quality stuff you're going to get. Good nutrients, great soil in itself. I love the stuff.


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