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can or should i use a substrate heating cable with mts method.

i am steadily closing in on having my mts ready to put into my new 300 cube build. i have a substrate heating cable that i used in the past on planted tanks. would there be a benefit of using it on this build. i am planning on about an inch or so of mts topped with sts. i will be using co2 and trying for a lighting level on the high side of medium. i could just use the heater that i have in the sump now that i used when it was a reef tank. thanks for any insights on this.
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There never was any significant benefit to using a substrate heater, whatever type of substrate was used. They are obsolete now. And, if you did use one with MTS or any other "dirt" substrate, if the heater worked at all like it is advertised, it would be causing a slow circulation of whatever water soluble substances are in the dirt into the tank water. That isn't likely to be a good idea. (In fact, any water soluble substance in any substrate is also going to very slowly move into the tank water by diffusing from high concentration in the substrate to the low concentration in the water, tending to equalize the concentration in the two areas. But, speeding up that process isn't going to be beneficial.)

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can or should i use a substrate heating cable with mts method.

The cables are a myth man.


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thanksk for the quick reply. i was wondering why noone was talking about them any more. my cable has been in storage since the mid 90s. im a fan of doing things simply whereever possible.
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