Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: Wiltshire, South West UK
Newbie here.. Substrate for 'low-tech'?
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!