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Newbie here.. Substrate for 'low-tech'?

Hi there,

Looking to upgrade to a Juwel Rio 180 and keeping it standard apart from external heater and filter (Juwel internal being removed). No CO2!

I want to go for a more natural 'slice-of-the-river' look that's easy to care for with almost minimal maintenance. I imagine I will be keeping Java ferns, various anubias species, various mosses and maybe some crypt species also.

The lighting is 2x45W t5's in 50cm depth of water. What plant substrate would you recommend? I think I want to have a light coloured sand topper, so something suitable for underneath?

I think I will also add a little bit of Sera Super peat underneath the sand to blacken my water slightly and for something else for the plants to 'grasp' on to.

Please give me your opinions or advice. I am almost a newbie to the planted world and any experiences or advice is welcomed!
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I think I'm torn between CaribSea eco complete and flourite. Would any of these two be OK? How deep would I want the plant substrate to be? I will probably add a good inch of sand on top of it.
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I usually recommend at least 2-4" of substrate. Both choices are great. I usually dissuade others in topping off substrate as it eventually gets mixed with aquarium maintanance and planting/rearranging, but it can be done. I recommend some very good forceps. To be honest with all your choices for plants I have kept it all of them in simple PFS (Pool Filter Sand) and used Root Tabs and dosing. They will do fine and no worries about substrate shifting and becoming mixed

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Here is our tank with simple PFS, I have done most of those plants with simple T8 lighting so I imagine you'll be golden with anything better

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Here is our tank with simple PFS, I have done most of those plants with simple T8 lighting so I imagine you'll be golden with anything better
What fish is that? Looks like a puffer but you have other fish with it o.o


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