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post #16 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-20-2020, 09:07 PM
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Sounds good. I love simple and easy.
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post #17 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-20-2020, 09:17 PM
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For anyone starting a new planted tank, I highly recommend checking out Dennis Wong's website, and especially his section on substrates:

As you'll see from his excellently written article, and the myriad posts on this site, whether or not to use dirt is a hotly debated topic. As a newbie who started my first dirted tank about 7 months ago, I can attest that dirt is less predictable than an inert substrate, and the first month or so was a bit of a rollercoaster given the unpredictable nutrient leaching. But I've found, as have many others, that plants thrive in dirt, and IMHO gives a heads up to planted tank newbies to grow plants well. So much so that I'm starting up a second larger tank with dirt as well.

Lots to learn, and if you ask here you'll get lots of opinions. The challenge (and fun part) will be deciding what will work best for you in your situation. There's no right or wrong answer here (but plenty of advice!)

Good luck!
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Originally Posted by matt769 View Post
This is what Iíve managed to find so far:
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Not too bad for £32.99 for 30kg delivered and itís 1-3mm if this isnít too fine

I canít seem to find any blasting sand suppliers near me or online so I think something like this may be more suitable 🙂

I reckon that maybe 90kg would be plenty enough gravel, maybe less as not all will be 3Ē base and some will be different levels with lava rock

Unless anyone would recommend another supplier 🙂
Thatís looks like this floracor black so probably a tumbled volcanic type substrate. Size seems right and thatís way cheaper than floracor.

Activ∑Flora? Planted Aquarium Substrate by World Wide Imports Ent., Inc.
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post #19 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-31-2020, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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I'm going to order this today as its alot cheaper than anything else I can find

Gona go for around 100kg or abit less of substrate
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