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Seriously confused -- need help choosing substrate

I am starting a second 10 gallon tank. My first one needs work, but is stable, so I'm trying not to mess with it too much right now. The second one will house yellow neon shrimp and endlers. I have been trying to figure out which substrate to buy, but now I'm so confused I could cry. I have little access to decent LFS's. PetSmart and Petco are about it. I want to grow a few low and medium light plants. Some rooted, some not. What would be the best all-around substrate to get? Is pool filter sand adequate if I use root tabs? And where do I find root tabs? Amazon is probably my best bet for a lot of this stuff. Thanks in advance!
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Ada aquasoil is the best all around substrate. I've had good luck with fluval shrimp stratum also. grows plants well and keeps the water at a stable pH for most shrimp

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Well if you have a budget Pool filter sand or Black diamond blasting sand are good choices. I have a tank where I put about 1/2 of top soil capped by 2 inches of black diamond sand and the plants do very good. Another medium priced substrate is eco-complete. I have that in another tank and the plants also do well, although not as well as they do in the dirt and black diamond though. I have never had any kind of aqua soils so I can't give my opinion there. But if I where to be setting up a ten gallon I would probably go with an aqua soil like substrate because it won't cost as much with a smaller tank. One I have been looking at for a while is Azoo Plant Grower Bed. They have it for sale on marinedepot.com. I believe it is similar to aqua soil.
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I use Eco complete in all my tanks except one. All my plants grow like weeds in it. So that's a good option. Never used sand or black daimond. But I agree for a smaller tank, aquasoil or fluval stratum will work best because they are kinda expensive, on a small tank like that you wont need a lot. price won't kill you like it tends to do on a larger tank.

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Thanks, everyone! I'm pretty much broke right now, so the cheaper the better. I'm intrigued by the soil/sand idea. OTH, I wonder if I could get away with using a decent layer of the Fluval Shrimp Stratum (I can get it at a store the next city over) covered in sand or Black Diamond to add heft? I thought about trying the Azoo Plant Grower Bed, but it's out of stock everywhere! I'm also intrigued with the sand/topsoil idea. Is that difficult to start/maintain?

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I'm also intrigued with the sand/topsoil idea. Is that difficult to start/maintain?

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I havent use that type of substrate but I think substrate use for planted tank needs no maintenance other than placing rootabs. Once the plant have grown well there's no need to clean the substrate.
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I would suggest using turface pro league and some osmocote under it, stuff looks amazing under water has an awesome Cec and it's only $11 ish for a 50 pound bag of it which will fill like 7 10g tanks up to 3-4 inches so I love the stuff, did I mention it looks awesome?


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