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Opinion on Substrate

Hi everyone,

We got a new 55 gal tank today! My husband and I are really wanting to make this tank a planted tank. We both have had some experience in the past with your basic LFS/Walmart plants, but we really wanted to make this one our baby and really focus on the plants. We will have many questions as we go along, I'm sure.

Since we are kinda starting from the ground up our first question is about the substrate. We have been reading around on the net and we are looking at purchasing 2 15lb bags of each of the following:

Seachem Black Flourite Sand
Azoo plant grow bed
Seachem Black Flourite Gravel

We have done some reading on Dirt tanks and don't really think we want to go that route. We also aren't planning on having any kind of CO2 system at present, but that may change in the future as we get more into the hobby. So I guess our questions would be: Does this mixutre sound like it will promote max plant growth? Also, any advice on where to find these products on the web for the best price would be appreciated.

Thanks for any advice!
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I think you will be much happier if you use just one substrate material - Flourite Black, or Flourite Black Sand, or something else. You gain virtually nothing by combining different substrates, unless you need to cap a mineralized topsoil substrate with something. This way you can easily clean the substrate material and use it again if you decide to tear down the tank and start over. And, you don't need to worry about the various materials mixing or clouding the water when you pull out a deeply rooted plant.

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Thanks so much for your help Hoppy and "Hi" again tlyons. We are thinking that you are correct and we won't like the look of all the mixed substrates. Also, we are rethinking the "dirt" idea as we do a little bit more reading. Ahhhh.. so many choices!! We just really don't want to mess up the most important thing for our planted aquarium.
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If it's for a planted aquarium the flourite gravel might be a better option as the grains are heavier.

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I use nothing but Flourite...it has never done me bad...
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Black and Dark Flourite have slightly smaller, more uniform particles than original Flourite, so I like them much better.

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If you're planning on shrimp:
Azoo plant grow bed
Fluval Plant Stratum

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Thanks for the imputs guys! I think we are going to go with MTS and Black flourite gravel.
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Hi everyone,

We got a new 55 gal tank today! My husband and I are really wanting to make this tank a planted tank. We both have had some experience in the past with your basic LFS/Walmart plants, but we really wanted to make this one our baby and really focus on the plants. We will have many questions as we go along, I'm sure.

Since we are kinda starting from the ground up our first question is about the substrate. We have been reading around on the net and we are looking at purchasing 2 15lb bags of each of the following:

Seachem Black Flourite Sand
Azoo plant grow bed
Seachem Black Flourite Gravel

We have done some reading on Dirt tanks and don't really think we want to go that route. We also aren't planning on having any kind of CO2 system at present, but that may change in the future as we get more into the hobby. So I guess our questions would be: Does this mixutre sound like it will promote max plant growth? Also, any advice on where to find these products on the web for the best price would be appreciated.

Thanks for any advice!
One thing I feel you should add is a plant id book so you have a handy reference with you on your trips to the aquarium store.
Co2 would help a lot.
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