typical noob substrate mistake?
Ok, here goes: I went over my girlfriend's house after work last night and we decided to go to Petsmart (sorry AoA) to look for a nano tank so i can press my luck with starting one of these interesting 'little' tanks. Well i found a 2.5g tank that fit the bill. So i had my tank now all i needed was some good substrate. Being a substrate noob and only knowing about EcoComplete substrate i found another one at Petsmart (doesn't sell ecocomplete) called "Seachem Meridian(TM) Tidal Marine Substrate". I thought "hey, this stuff will work, it's made by Seachem!" I read the packaging about 2 times and saw it can be used in 'tropica' tanks so i thought this was a for sure thing. Also the bag compared itself to ecocomplete.
Now having got this stuff, i did what the directions said, i washed the dust off the gravel before adding to my 2.5g nano tank. After washing it all off and adding it instantly made my nano a 2.5g tank of fog. It settled after an hour or two (no filter on my nano).
I now realize i didn't read ANYTHING saying this substrate is used for planted aquariums.
I feel i wasted $20 bucks on worthless, dusty subtrate i have no use for.
Question: Will plants grow in this substrate? Or should i ditch it and go with the Seachem substrate such as something like flourite?