See bold. Successful planted tank with plain, inert gravel / sand are all over this forum. Cheap, easy to maintain, easy to clean, lasts the life of the tank, no mess when moving plants and comes in many colours at a very affordable price. Save money on the substrate to spend on lighting / CO2 / fertilizers and plants!
That's brilliant! Exactly what I wanted to hear so thank you
I think the specialist soil may be good in smaller tanks but as mines rather large its just not economic! I did get rather worried when I started costing it up..
Haha, I plan to have a slightly open area as I would like 2 smaller variety pleco's so I'll see if they tear up the plants! I'm planing on placing rocks around the plants so that there's a reduced possibility of it happening.
Would you say sand or gravel is better in terms of not causing any issues as ive heard that you can get build up of things under sand - I'd have a community tank including burrowers and snails.
What thickness to you have your gravel/sand at or would recommend?
Last question! Haha - what would you recommend as fertiliser/dosing for the plants when using gravel/sand?
The tank will have a black vinyl applied background so my plan is to have a darker coloured substrate to match this and create a modern looking tank
I will have a look into those suggestions you've made now, would you recommend any particular suppliers at all?