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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-17-2011, 08:29 PM Thread Starter
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Sand caps?

I'm thinking ahead for fixture up my recently obtained 40 gallon tank.
I really like the pool filter sand look. I am also considering Eco-complete.

How well does sand only work as a substrate for plants?

What types of base substrate work best when using sand as a cap? I know a lot of times you can get mixing if you aren't careful, that's why I am considering sand only.
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I read somewhere on the forum that someone had done a test of different substrates and compared plant growth turns out that as long as your using root tabs which I would suggest using oscomote root tabs because they are cheap and easy to make. That pool filter sand is as good as any of the more expensive substrates. I have ecocomplete in one of my tanks and for growth it is ok however it is a major PITA in my opinion to plant stuff. You can't beat sand substrates for the ease of planting and cost in my opinion. I will never look back unless I am looking for a black colored substrate.
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Thanks....I'll look around for that thread.

Anyone else have any input on this?

justin brings up another point as well, I can't decide if I want a dark substrate or a light one. I know the benefits to say black is it makes the plants and fish pop a little more. Anything thing I'm missing in comparison of the colors themselves?
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