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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 04-01-2013, 06:22 AM Thread Starter
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I was thinking of using this http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...2&pcatid=21412 as the substrate in my 40 gallon breeder. It says the size is 1 to 3 mm is it to big? I know it doesnt have any nutrients for plants but i like that its natural colored. For plants i know im going to have java fern, hair grass, i think its called sp repens (kinda looks like a carpet plant), maybe some sags and maybe some others. Should i maybe add some sand to this gravel,and as far as nutrients could i not add them in the form of root tabs and liquid ferts. Is there another sub out there i should consider that has a natural look? I just need some advice HELP !!!

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It is difficult to get plants to root in gravel. You'll end up with a lot of floaters if you don't have something under it like sand or dirt. If you're really stuck on that gravel then look at plants like anubias and moss that can be tied to rocks and driftwood.


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That looks like very small gravel and should be just fine for holding plants down and keeping any fertilizing tabs buried.


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im not really stuck on this as te substrate im looking for something natural looking and dont really want to go with an black or red color or a dirted bottom. any suggestions?
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play sand or pool filter sand. Play will be grayish and PF sand is more of an off white/tan. If you like that gravel and want better plantability (a word I JUST made up lol) you could put the gravel on top of some sand.

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this is what pool filter sand looks like. Its a little more tan in real life then what that picture shows.


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