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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-23-2006, 05:19 AM Thread Starter
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substrate advice

"Trying" not to sound too dumb, I wanted to get some opinions on substrate for a 55 gallon lower light freshwater tank about to be set up. Also, how exactly should a proper setup be laid out? eg; the substrate then gravel? I'll probably have about 1-2wpg for lighting so maybe some ferns etc instead of too barren and I'm not a fan of plastics... I had a couple tanks years ago ( 20+) and have gotten the itch after reading up on forums such as this. I'll be using an eheim 2026 or 2028 for filtration. Also any suggestions in general even though this is the substrate area would be appreciated. Sorry for so many rambling questions, but excited to get rolling, but want to get experienced advice first.
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I would try, or at least check out, shultz's aquatic plant soil. Very cheap, grows plants well. I found it at lowe's (or was it home depot?). If you go that route, I would use 100% shultz's.

Many folks, wasserpest chime in here, use organically rich substrates for the low light tanks. The idea is that if the nutrient uptake is slower, the plants can get most of the nutrients from the substrate rather than from the water, which requires fertilization.

check out this page from "the Krib" for some good substrate articles.

What sort of fish are you looking to keep?
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I would try, or at least check out, shultz's aquatic plant soil. Very cheap, grows plants well. I found it at lowe's (or was it home depot?). If you go that route, I would use 100% shultz's.

Many folks, wasserpest chime in here, use organically rich substrates for the low light tanks. The idea is that if the nutrient uptake is slower, the plants can get most of the nutrients from the substrate rather than from the water, which requires fertilization.

check out this page from "the Krib" for some good substrate articles.

What sort of fish are you looking to keep?
Home Depot has it... or at least that is where I get mine
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I also use Shultz's soil, so far it has worked pretty well, I bought mine at lowes too.
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There is one issue though, both Lowes and Home Depot sometimes pack away their Shultz Aquatic in the winter and don't get it out again until spring. I would definitly call around before you head out to find some.

Something so expensive and addictive HAS to be illegal. I'm just waiting for the police to break down my door and confinscate my fish food.
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