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Hard water planted substrate?

Hi all! I intend to set up a 10 gallon hi-tech planted tank for my Aphanius mento. However, most dedicated aquatic plant substrates encourage soft, acidic water, while Aphanius mento demands hard, alkaline water. What should I use for a planted substrate for these fish? Thanks
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You don't need a "Plant" substrate to grow good looking plants. None of my tanks have ever used it. Many of the better looking tanks on here use an inert substrate like Black Diamond Blasting Sand. It won't affect your water at all. So if you already have hard water you're good to go. If not add some Gh booster after each water change and you'll be good. And then for the plants you can just add ferts directly to the water column. They will grow great as long as you get them everything they need.....ie.....light, co2, ferts.
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Ok. Will a dirted tank work? I am using a half tablespoon marine salt per gallon for the Aphanius, and the pennywort, duckweed, and java moss grow regardless.
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I've never done a dirted tank, so I couldn't tell you how that might affect the water. There are others here who do though. And I'm sure a search of the forums could give you some information about that. I prefer just using an inert substrate and adding ferts to the water.


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OK. Thanks
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I don't use dirt but I do have hard alkaline water. I use blasting sand, or pool filter sand to cap a layer of oil dry and a thin layer of ironite fertilizer. I have had no issues growing crypts, native ludwigia, italian val, or sunset hygrophila planted directly in it.
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