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Question Best substrate/substrate combo for a basic planted tank and fish

Doing a basic 30gal planted tank with Fish. No co2 injection. Was speaking to another member and he recommend Miracle Grow Organic Potting Mix and gravel on top. I read where it can be a real mess. Wondering if there are other options to use that would be better..or if the MGOPM and gravel is best, whats the best way to apply it.. I will be starting with a dry empty tank.

Was think of using a MGOPM and Black sand cap or maybe just straight ECO- Complete

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What are the dimensions of your tank?

If it's not gigantic, it will likely be easier to use a single substrate - maybe even one like Aquasoil that's nutrient-rich.

If it's large, dirting is an option. But you could also do a single substrate with something like Safe T Sorb or sand and use root tabs.


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What are the dimensions of your tank?

If it's not gigantic, it will likely be easier to use a single substrate - maybe even one like Aquasoil that's nutrient-rich.

If it's large, dirting is an option. But you could also do a single substrate with something like Safe T Sorb or sand and use root tabs.
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Is it a standard 30 gallon tank? A cube? Column? That's why dimensions are important.

A standard 30 gallon tank is 36 1/4 x 12 58 x 16 3/4. In my opinion, that's small enough that you can use a single substrate like Aquasoil without breaking the bank. Or you could go really cheap and use Safe T Sorb, sand, Flourite, whatever you prefer.


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Is it a standard 30 gallon tank? A cube? Column? That's why dimensions are important.

A standard 30 gallon tank is 36 1/4 x 12 58 x 16 3/4. In my opinion, that's small enough that you can use a single substrate like Aquasoil without breaking the bank. Or you could go really cheap and use Safe T Sorb, sand, Flourite, whatever you prefer.
Standard off the shelf..not at home to measure.
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I see some people are using BlackDiamond Sandblasting sand has a cap. Interesting...and cheap lol
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You can do soil + flourite cap for a high CEC. Or you can go the easy route and get a couple bags of ADA aquasoil.
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