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I am about to start my first planted tank, its going to be a low tech 10 gallon. What substrate would be the best? I was thinking about dirt and doing the walstad method.
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i assume your talking about what type of substrate would work as a cap?

ive capped dirt so far with play sand, petco black sand, eco complete, floramax

i think once you have a dirt bottom, it will supply alot of the important nutrients that plants need to thrive

after that its all about the looks and im partial to the sand bottom tanks

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There's a best for this, a best for that.. looking for natural colors with decent CEC? Try safetsorb, its $4-5 for a 40 lb bag. Black sand, blasting grit $8 for 50 lbs. White sand; definately silica filler, its a little fine grained, however it can look stunning. That again runs about 8 bucks a fifty pound bag.

Then, eco/f max costs between $15 and $20 a bag(20lbs?) Good CEC, but too lightweight. I think it looks nice sprinkled over blasting grit.

Then you get into active substrates, but that's probably not something you normally want to use as a cap.


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I meant for the main substrate to plant the plants in, not to cap with. Sorry if you guys got confused.
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The best substrate for planted tanks is Aquasoil. I don't think there is really much of an argument there. It's just not the cheapest though, which is why people use other things. I've tried Aquasoil, plain gravel, sand capped over dirt, and fluval shrimp stratum, and Aquasoil was better than the others in every way.


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