Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Indianapolis, IN
If you've already put the gravel and flourite in there, don't redo it unless you have a lot of time and are very patient. It is SO messy to do! Just suppliment with some root tabs around heavy root feeders like crypts and sword plants if you have them, and see how everything grows. You may end up with good plant growth anyhow. When I first started I mixed gravel and flourite with ok results, then later tanks had 100% substrate and did a little better. I thought maybe you hadn't set it up yet.
JJ - go for it! Fair warning though, sand is very hard to keep clean-looking because of fish poo and the like, and if you ever need to pull up roots you're in for a mess. It CAN work though, so good luck!! There's a book that might really help you. "The Ecology of the Planted Aquarium" by Diana Walsted is all about low-tech soil-substrate tanks, and it is super helpful. There are lots of ways to go wrong with soil, and Diana will stear you right.
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