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Substrate 4in to 5in

I was wondering if its ok to have 4 to 5 inches of substrate (Black Diamond) in a 20 gallon long tank? I will have root plants planted along with root tabs being planted deep.

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Why? That's going to take up a lot of space, and cost a lot of money.


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Why? That's going to take up a lot of space, and cost a lot of money.
A bag of 50lb Black Diamond is $7.99. I was just going to add 2lb per gallon, but there was just a bit left so I pour the whole bag in. I kinda like the look of alot of black sand substrate. Im just going to plant a bunch p. chain swords with shrimps. So I wanted to know if its bad to have alot of Black Diamond sand for rooted plants?

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That sounds like it would be too deep. You might end up with anaerobic spots. I would keep it to 2-3" and save the extra sand for another tank.

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That sounds like it would be too deep. I would keep it to 2-3" and save the extra sand for another tank.
Yeah, I probably would do that then. Thanks
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Your tank will hold a lot less than 20 gallons then.
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I would easily remove half or more of it. 2" is plenty. Then you can get another tank!
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