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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-23-2006, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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6 gal nano newbie question

ok guys, so this is my first post on plantedtank.net...

i recently purchased a eclipse system 6. i'm on a budget so i plan on leaving the original light in there, but i want to do some low light, hardy plants. is it neccesary to go and buy a flourite substrate? the problem is is that i can only find it in a 20 lb bag for $24.95 and i dont need nearly that much (or afford it!). would using plain gravel with water fertilizer be sufficient if i am only going to use low light, hardy plants?

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Gravel is a bit course to hold much, but a course sand can work - I think Rex's guide might have some pics. I think it might be called blast sand, or pool filter sand. I got mine at a lfs - so paid a bit more than I probably should have.

That said, demineralized top soil can work as well - if you have the time to demineralize it. Basically you start with fill dirt (dirt with minimal organic matter) soak it, then let it dry naturally. The damp soil will effectivly compost. By doing this cycle enough times, you will compost away all the organic matter in the soil - and it will be stable enough to use as a substrait.

Others have probably discribed it better than me. I have cycled some, but have not tank tested it yet (waiting for the next tank to try it out).

Not sure about 20 lbs for a 6 gallon - but you will want 3+" of substrait

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so i'd be fine using plain sand then? not some expensive nutrient filled sand?
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You should be fine with sand. I've often seen Pool Filter Sand listed as one of the best inexpensive sand options since it's both inert and a good grain size. Be aware that the available colors does tend to vary from one locale to another so you may not be able to find the same colors in your area that you read about others using.

When using sand or another substrate that isn't nutrient rich you can easily suppliment it by using root tabs. There are some other methods that you can use to enrich your substrate which include things like a thin layer of peat and/or mulm under your new substrate. These options will require some additional research for more specifics on how to set it up.

You'll also want to keep in mind that sand should be stirred periodically to ensure that it doesn't compact. You can do this manually with a chop stick or some such, or you can add some Malaysian Trumpet Snails to take care of the job for you. There are some species of fish that do a good job of keeping the substrate stirred for you too, but I believe that most of these would get too large for your tank.


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thanks for the replies guys.

the owner of the local fish store down the street broke open a 20 pound bag of flourite for me and let me buy half of it for half price...

wish me luck, i'll probably start a photo journal here in the next couple weeks.
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