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Can I plant in pea stone?

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I am new to fresh water planted tanks. I have a 270g tank that was a reef tank for over 10 years, and have simplified it to a freshwater community tank. I have some java ferns, but would like to add CO2 and plant the heck out of it. The substrate is pea stone only about 2" deep. Can I just plant in that if I am going to add CO2?
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yupyup. i'd add ferts/root tabs though, especially if you want root feeders.
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You could add some Flourite or some other baked clay substrate that is close in color to hold some nutrients for the roots, it can be done in plain gravel but it is a little more challenging.


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I actually have an ~50% pea gravel+15%split pea sized gravel+35% Schultz's Aquatic Soil substrate at the moment. I like the variation in substrate particle size a lot. The smaller particles determine the pore size in the substrate which is what you want to happen. Pea gravel has big spaces between the grains. SAS is a clay product like Flourite, Turface, Oil Dri, kitty litter, etc and the particle size is about that of a raw rice grain. My SAS is over a decade old and not breaking down, the other clay products may or may not be of the same hardness. I also understand that my SAS may not be the same product sold these days.

The large size of the pea gravel does dominate even my 8' long tank though. It looks much better mixed than it did with the pea gravel on top. Fine textured plants like hairgrass look horrible planted in pea gravel. You can look at my journal to see the difference, I put the pea gravel on top of the old gravel/SAS when the tank was put up in May and in December the pea gravel was mostly mixed into the other old stuff.


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