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Is there a substrate that can be just put in the tank without anything mixed into it? I've heard you can use miracle gro, but you have to cap it with something else. So, i was wondering if there is a substrate that would be good for planting plants, and wouldn't need to have anything else on top of it?
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Eco Complete, Flourite, Onyx Sand are several options. The last two need to be rinsed well before use, but are fine alone.





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http://www.petco.com/product/111998/...Substrate.aspx

So this is something i can just dump into my tank and start planting tanks?
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Is there a calculator on how much substrate i would need to achieve 2-3 inches in my tank?
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Am i doing this wrong..? the calculator says i need 72 pounds of substrate to get 2 inches of substrate O.O
I've decided to change my 40breeder tank into a planted tank instead of using my 75, but DANG 72pounds?
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There's a calculator up at the top of this forum under "articles" too (far right), but in general 2lb per gallon sounds about right.

...which I part of why I tend to layer/mix stuff.





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Am i doing this wrong..? the calculator says i need 72 pounds of substrate to get 2 inches of substrate O.O
I've decided to change my 40breeder tank into a planted tank instead of using my 75, but DANG 72pounds?
There is less than 20lbs of material in a 20lb bag of EC because they add water for some reason. So if its 72lbs in general I doubt you can go under that for EC.

EC might need some root tablets to really shine with plants. Its crushed volcanic rock not soil or clay.
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Am i doing this wrong..? the calculator says i need 72 pounds of substrate to get 2 inches of substrate O.O
I've decided to change my 40breeder tank into a planted tank instead of using my 75, but DANG 72pounds?
...and you begin to see why so many people talk about layering, or using cheap alternatives like coal slag and pool filter sand
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