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depth of substrate!!

my new tank is 10.4"(w) x 18"(L) x 10.8"(H), about 8g. i decide to use flourite and sand for my substrate. wats the minimun depth of substrate for mt tank???
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Go for 2.5-3". You can just do 2" on the foreground and a bit thicker at the back. 3" is the recommended depth but it may look silly in a small tank.
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It all depends on what you want to plant in there...Depth of substrate is not set in stone... if you want root feeders then 3" is the norm, otherwise you can get away with less.
How about this... How deep should it be if you are doing a tank of ferns and moss ?

Since my tanks are ever changing and I never know what I am going to try next I like keep 3 or more inches in them and with age it only gets better do to mulm and bacteria ! This is where the "tank plan" comes into play...
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3 inches in a 10 inch tall tank? Hmmm, I don't know

For a tank this size I would do about 1 inch in the front and about 1.5 inches in the back. It's not like you are going to grow a bunch of trees for many years there, and many aquatic plants use their roots to anchor themselves, but take up nutrients through their leaves.

Yes, you need a deeper substrate to grow Echinodorus osiris or bleheri, but that isn't a good idea for an 8 gal tank.

Anyway... that's what I think.


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Yeah, it's possible and you'll get amazing root growth out of it. Crypts love it. Currently running a 4" substrate depth on my 10G.

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I run 3-4" on my 75. Might look a little overdone in a 10G though

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