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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 02-25-2019, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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Stratum for carpeting plants

I am getting ready to start a high tech tank and trying to figure out what substrate to use. I was leaning towards the Fluval Stratum since it is readily available in my area. I plan on having either Dwarf Baby Tears or Monte Carlo for my carpet and after some research I have been reading about people having trouble keeping them rooted in Stratum. It seems the Stratum is a little to course and light for the small delicate roots. Has anyone else had this experience? Is there a better option of substrate with nutrients that is a little finer or heavier than the stratum.

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I do know it was a major pain trying to get my tissue culture to stay in the Fluval Stratum when I got home today. Time will tell if they stay there. Fingers crossed.
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Well I hate to hear that. Just when I thought I had everything planned out, now I may reconsider the Stratum.
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I found the Monte Carlo hard to plant in Stratum without using some stainless steel wire to hold it down. I had better luck with Cryptocoryne Parva and S Repens but slightest bump and it comes loose again. Hoping it will be a bit better once it roots.
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I have Stratum in a tank with Crypt Parva and Cory cats. Bad combo IMO. Just like @WZ9V said, they uproot very easily. I am actually cruising the substrate section looking for an alternative. I was thinking about Eco-Complete, but have not pulled the trigger yet.


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I didn't have any problems with planting in stratum topped with black diamond blasting sand. The sand is now settling to the bottom when I remove any plants with their roots but plants held down fine from the initial planting till they rooted, even the monte carlo.

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