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Sand and gravel?

hey evreyone

I'm just new to the forum and im liking what i see i was wondering for my 5 gallon planted tank would gravel mixed with river sand be good for my plants?


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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 03-11-2005, 07:36 PM
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Hi Planted Punk Welcome to the Planted Tunk

Gravel and river sand are capable substrates, serving well as anchor, and, depending on the sort of plant in your tank, when supplemented with fertilizer can grow wonderful aquatic landscapes.

Some plants take (most) nutrients up through their roots, Cryptocorynes for example, and you would be well advised to add some nutritive root tabs to the substrate, close to or underneath those plants.

For other plants, like stemplants, mosses, or plants that like to cling onto wood/rocks, the substrate doesn't really matter that much, since they are taking up nutrients through their leaves from the water column.


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ok im not realy sure on what plants to ge i was thinking java ferns and anubia's
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Yep good example for plants that grow on rocks and wood and such and what kind of substrate you choose won't matter at all but gravel and sand would be a great choices.


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ok thanks for you help.
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