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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-06-2011, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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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.

Suggestions everyone?
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I have MTS under pool filter sand in my paludarium and it is great stuff, it has been setup for about 2 months and its looking a bit grubby but thats from where i have knocked soil into the water as far as i can see there has been no mixing of the MTS and sand even after trimming and replanting some stems in there.

I dont see why you couldnt achieve a carpet on sand as i have seen it done before.

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