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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-10-2017, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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How much substrate?

I am new to the forum thing. Anyways I want to get rid of the gravel in my aquarium and get some flourite and eco complete. I have a 38 gallon aquarium 36x12, my plan was to do fluorite as the base layer of substrate and top it with eco complete. I have tried the substrate calculators and they have said I would need about 2 bags of fluorite to and 2 bags eco complete to give 3-4 inches. Does this sound right? I am open to help and comments.
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Should be fine but depends on the bag size too. I wouldnt worry too much. If you dont have enough you can buy more or if left over store as spare. I have big tubs full of different subtrates and gravel that i have stripped out of tanks and loads of half bags of gravel etc. But i change layouts and do other peoples tanks. It just builds up.

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Dont get too bogged down with accuracy and measurements. A base layer can be say 1cm up to a few inches depending on your layout. I usually cap it with inch & half ish so it doesnt seap through. Check out subtrate tutorials on youtube. Some helpful ideas, tips and tricks on layouts etc

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Yeah that sounds right.


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