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Planting in BDSB vs Stratum


New to the forum and this is my first post. Been reading tons the last few days and this community has my motivation and interest at an all time high.

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I have a 10g planted Beta tank (also 5 ottos and 2 Corys. Will probably add a couple mystery snails too). This is my first attempt at growing plants. Its about 8-9 months old and I believe the nutrient and buffering benefit of the Stratum is gone at this point. I live in the Phoenix area and our water is notoriously hard, 7.8 out of my tap with a whole home water softener. Anyway, I do not find Stratum to be particularly easy to plant in, especially with nano plants. My Crypt Parva especially is constantly being knocked out of the soil by my Corys. I am thinking about either capping with BDBS or totally replacing the Stratum. My gaol in doing this is to find something easier to plant in while setting the tank up for long term success. As I understand it, that means a life of root tabs along with my current liquid ferts, but I like the idea of controlling the nutrients in the system. My main question is how easy is the blasting sand for planting in? And can anyone recommend a specific grain size I should be looking for? Any direction is greatly appreciated. Thanks


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As far as grain size goes the bags ive seen are back or red. I got the black, which is 20/40 grain size, you can do the next one smaller if you want which is 40/60. Planting in BDBS is great and easy in my opinion and simple to reorganize. It is a fine grain black sand essencially and if you rinse it well works great, essentially inert. If you look at my tank journal it is what I have in my tank though my tank isn't very old, I also reaseached options for my first set up for about 3 months, mostly reading people's experiences on this site. When I planted my tank it was as simple as pushing stuff into the sand, if anything it is almost to easy to move the sand around. Most say to aim for about 2 of 3 inches of BDBS to be aure you have enough to keep plants down and I've read that people don't have too much trouble with cories, only occasionally replanting of plants with little root mass. I plan on getting cories in this tank or my next.
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Thanks for the tip on grain size and your experience. Im going to get some order shortly. Then just have to decide on root tabs.


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