Newbie Substrate Questions
So I am starting my second planted tank soon. My first tank has only been setup for a little under 2 months now I believe. Well I have decided to step it up a bit on this one and compare low tech to high tech. So I have a dual bulb t5 ho 24" fixture. Paintball co2 setup and now I am stuck on what to use as a substrate. I have had decent results using playsand as my substrate in my other tank with just root tabs however it has only been 2 months.
Now I need suggestions I am looking to spend under $25 bucks on a substrate for my new tank. I have looked at MTS but I dont know if it would give me the look im after. Also would using MTS under playsand eventually end up looking like pepper? Also if I were to dose regular ferts with a playsand or tahitian moon sand can I still achieve a carpet effect? As this would be my number one choice.