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Planted tank Subtrate

I have a 55gallon nicely planted tank. I have Natural sand for the subtrate but was wondering about some of the other stuff out there. Iv head of Eco-Complete Planted Aquarium Substrateis but was wondering what are the benefits of having this instead of sand. Besides turning waste into plant food.
Or what are someother nice subtrates for planted tanks.

How would I go about changing the subtrate? Would I have to tank all the water out, or just the fish, plants and old subtrate then add the new stuff and then put the fish back in.

I have a tank with Rasboras, loaches, otto cats and 2 Kribs. I currently do NOT use CO2 but plan on finding out what ill need to do to set one up. But fist I need a glass top instead of my hood, a better light and maybe another filter.
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If your plants are growing well don't worry about it.

When you say sand what do you mean? Sand means different things to different people. If you go to the substrate section of my Guide you will find a picture of what many people consider the minimum grain size sand to use in a planted tank.

Changing the substrate on a mature tank is a dirty messy job. And one best done with the fish out of the tank.
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go to the substrate section of my Guide
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My sand seems Much smaller then the picture. I can take a net and shake the sand right through the holes of the net
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That's kind of small.
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Sand is fine to use, pool filter sand being better then playsand. I have pool sand in all my tanks.

Is there a reason you want to change substrate?... You can do it, but it takes a little work. First you have to remove all the plants, then fish, most of the water then the old substrate. After that you have to replace the substrate, rescape, finish filling with water, let the water clear if needed then put the fish back in. Give yourself a day to complete this task.

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