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Okay, the flourite is awsome and yada yada yada, but the problem is that some of the more lighter boyant plants just end up floating. I'm thinking of mixing in some tahitian moon sand as the darkening of my substrate could only be a good thing. I don't mind if it mixes as I'm not looking for a solid black substrate. Will this help my crypt parva that seems to love the surface? My crypt wentii isn't having a problem as it sends deep roots down quickly, and the java fern is on maylasian wood so that doesn't matter, but I'm worried the dwarf sag. will behave as the parva does. I'm going to try a new tactic with the parva that involves tying it together but I'm really hoping for a long term solution as I'm going to upgrading my light and adding some forground plants soon.
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how thick is your substrate?


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Currently it is about 2 inches, so either way I do need a top up.
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I would add more flourite, bring it up to 3".
If your plants are floating, they aren't planted deep enough, something is uprooting them, or the stems are rotting at the substrate surface and thus the top half comes up.
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problem is that certain plants don't like to be planted too deep. Not sure about crypt parva, which seems to be my problem right now. I think tying them up in bunches seems to work as my test case is still rooted, so I think that as they uproot, I'm going to try that with every group that comes up. The crypt wentii is fine and probably always will be. The wisteria is individually planted, after I cut an inch of each stem and seems okay...for now. I am buying new light tomorrow so the temptation to get smaller delicate foreground plants will make additional substrate an question with more variables. I'll be looking at 65 watts compact flou over a 20 gallon.
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