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Hello all.....
I have always had tanks this is my first go at a planted tank. The tank I chose to use has Instant Aquarium Tahitian Moon Sand and Compact Flour. lighting. It only has a few Danios and snails. Has been set up since November all parameters are good. Is it true you can't grow plants in Tahitian Moon Sand? Thank you
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I use tahitian moon sand and my crypts are doing really good. It has doubled in size and quantity in a 4 month span. Yes, it is true that it's going to be hard to grow plants in inert substrate, I use rootmedic complete root capsules for substrate fertilizer and I use their macros and micros for water column dosing.

There are other cheaper alternatives to using commercialized fertilizers for your substrate such as osmocote+ and jobes root fertilizers. Be careful because not all terrestrial fertilizers are recommended/suitable for aquarium use and even the ones I stated have some people wary about them.

Just wondering if you can provide some information such as:
-lighting wattage
-aquarium capacity/size
-plants
-co2/carbon source

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I use tahitian moon sand and my crypts are doing really good. It has doubled in size and quantity in a 4 month span. Yes, it is true that it's going to be hard to grow plants in inert substrate, I use rootmedic complete root capsules for substrate fertilizer and I use their macros and micros for water column dosing.

There are other cheaper alternatives to using commercialized fertilizers for your substrate such as osmocote+ and jobes root fertilizers. Be careful because not all terrestrial fertilizers are recommended/suitable for aquarium use and even the ones I stated have some people wary about them.

Just wondering if you can provide some information such as:
-lighting wattage
-aquarium capacity/size
-plants
-co2/carbon source

Last but not least, Welcome to Planted Tank!
I have a 20 gallon with 2 Ultra Sun 6500K Mini Co mpact Fluorescent Lamp 10 watts each, Whisper Internal filter, of course heater, 8 danios, 2 mystery snails, 20lb Tahitian Moon Sand, 1 medium good size Amazon Sword is the only live plant right now. I have two cichlid caves as well. Thank you for your help.
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