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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 08-15-2012, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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Substrate for a 40B grow out tank

Hi all, looking for a good substrate for my grow out tank. Needs to be something easy to plant, re plant and remove plants from. Not messy. Using and loving MTS in the show tanks. BTW, tap water is pretty hard. Ph about 7.8-8
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What fish are you planning to breed? What water conditions are you looking for?

If you want to drop the pH this probably means reducing the KH. Is the GH also up there?
Soil Master Select and Turface reduce the KH and therefore the pH quite well, but do not touch the GH. You might need to do something else to set the GH at the right level to suit the fish, as that is the most important parameter.

If you want to maintain the mineral levels (KH, GH, TDS, pH), then coral sand, or limestone based sand would work.

For a grow out tank I would keep the plants in pots or grow plants that do not need substrate. I keep Guppy Grass in my Endlers tank, for example. When it is time to harvest Endlers I pull out all the Guppy Grass, then toss it back in when I have the fish I need. (Careful: Some fry will hide in the Guppy Grass. I put it in a bucket of water, not just a dry bucket.)
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Originally Posted by Razorworm View Post
...Needs to be something easy to plant, re plant and remove plants from.....
Dude! Where have you been? Working getting in the way of the hobby?

Go up to Mernards and buy some 4" clay pots, there .77 ea. Plant your stuff in them. That works really well, submersed or emerged. Then you can use your MTS

Really nice when people want to see a rooted plant before they buy.

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