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is this substrate enough?

hello im planning to have a low maintenance planted tank which will consist of only, anubias barteri var. nana, anubias coffeefolia, and crypts. i have no special substrate such as ADA soils for example, so i am using plain gravel as substrate. Thats right plain gravel only because my tank has been established for nearly 2 years. The gravel ranges from 2mm-4mm in size and is about 2inches high.

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will this subtrate be enough for the plants that i plan to keep?
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Crypts can be heavy root feeders, but I've seen them do well in a gravel only substrate (ESPECIALLY one that has been established for almost 2 years!). I hope you let all the mulm and gunk build up on the bottom! If they start looking wilty, just pop in a root tab or fert stick. They should perk up.

The anubias will do just fine, as long as you only bury the roots and not the rhyzome.


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Crypts can be heavy root feeders, but I've seen them do well in a gravel only substrate (ESPECIALLY one that has been established for almost 2 years!). I hope you let all the mulm and gunk build up on the bottom! If they start looking wilty, just pop in a root tab or fert stick. They should perk up.

The anubias will do just fine, as long as you only bury the roots and not the rhyzome.
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hello im planning to have a low maintenance planted tank which will consist of only, anubias barteri var. nana, anubias coffeefolia, and crypts. i have no special substrate such as ADA soils for example, so i am using plain gravel as substrate. Thats right plain gravel only because my tank has been established for nearly 2 years. The gravel ranges from 2mm-4mm in size and is about 2inches high.

tank specs
size:4ft x 1.5ft x 1ft
lighting: 2x 40w 6500k
Co2 : DIY
inhabitants - 17congo tetra, 6 SAE

will this subtrate be enough for the plants that i plan to keep?
another inch wouldn't hurt
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another inch wouldn't hurt
hey swannee, i was considering that option for a few days now hehehe, problem is what i should add. would u suggest some more gravel or some sort of soil/substrate similar to ADA.
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I use clay soils and top soils from river banks under plan ol aquarium gravel in mine, so I don't really have much experience with the aqua soils like Flourite, but I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work , but plan ol gravel would work too! And would be much less expensive.

If your plants are doing well, than (to coin a fraise) "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" just add more gravel
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would u recommend finer gravel for anubias rooting?
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I don't think that would make much differance, boils down to personal taste, if your going to put it on top, make sure it's something your going to like, you don't want to look at your tank and think GOD that gravel is ugly
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Anubias should root into any typical substrate. No special requirements.


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