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on a budget for substrate in a planted tank

only got about $40.
29 gallon tank.
heard people use turface, pfs, potting soil, and peat. any suggestions?
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only got about $40.
29 gallon tank.
heard people use turface, pfs, potting soil, and peat. any suggestions?
Buy Turface and you will still have over $20 left for plants...
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how many pounds of it would i need? and is it sold at john deere?
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how many pounds of it would i need? and is it sold at john deere?
A lot of people dock it but I have been using Flourite (red) by seachem.
Its 20 bucks a bag so you will be one bag short, but maybe you can mix it with another gravel you have? All my tanks have this in it except for one.
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if i had too resort to a substrate like flourite i can get eco at petco for 20 bucks a 20lb bag.
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if i had too resort to a substrate like flourite i can get eco at petco for 20 bucks a 20lb bag.
You know, I used Eco in one tank and didn't notice much of a difference...
But yeah there are some cheap options like that.

OR you could mow someones lawn and get the extra few buck you need to get the substrate you are eye-balling.

Good luck, hope you can find what you need.
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IMO eco looks alot better then flourite. I have 60lbs of eco complete in my 37 and another bag wouldnt hurt.
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thanks everyone. decided to go with the eco-complete
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good choice. I would spend another 50 bucks and get amazonia 1. Great subtrate and it lowers ph.
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Turface is great for budget aquariums One bag would do several 29 gallon tanks. I got one bag for 125 gallon (6' x 18"). Another bag did a lot of smaller tanks. (Actually I used Soil Master Select, but they are about the same)
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Turface is great for budget aquariums One bag would do several 29 gallon tanks. I got one bag for 125 gallon (6' x 18"). Another bag did a lot of smaller tanks. (Actually I used Soil Master Select, but they are about the same)
Could you provide a link for those of us who have no idea what 'Turface' is?
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I got this stuff called "Black Diamond" which is sand blasting material...basically black sand. I got a 50lb bag of it at Tractor Supply Co. for 7$. Everything in the tank is doing well. The only thing ive heard is that its not good for corys.
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Could you provide a link for those of us who have no idea what 'Turface' is?
Google! That our use the forums search function as there are pictures in several thread what it looks like.

Fluval Spec III Shelf!

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Google! That our use the forums search function as there are pictures in several thread what it looks like.
Oh I did, I use google for everything, but googles results for Turface are Athletic shoes... I will search the forum though. I am new to the forum...
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Oh I did, I use google for everything, but googles results for Turface are Athletic shoes... I will search the forum though. I am new to the forum...
I know there are pictures of Turface in my journal...

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