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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-30-2008, 12:02 AM Thread Starter
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thinking of changing my substrate

I am thinking of changing my 20 gallon planted tank into a 20 gallon planted tank with mostly only rooted plants such as anubias and ferns.

Right now, i have sand and although i like the color, i do notice that it does compact, and i think my neons dont like it because it makes them stand out.

Since i will be getting mostly rooted plants, a lot of the sand will get compacted and so i am thinking of switching the subrate out.

What is a good cheap substrate that is black (to make my neons feel more comfortable)? Should i use just regular inert black gravel? If i do get in the subrate plants, the most it will be is cabomba and maybe vals.

I really like the look of sand but i cant seem to find a type of sand that is cheap and black (and hopefully not compact a lot). I only see tahitian moon sand but that is 20 dollars per bag lol.

any thoughts?

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Well since you're only using anubias and ferns, I don't think you'll really need special plant substrate. Just stick with plain black gravel

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if i had cabomba in it though (to cover some ugly parts of my drift wood up), do you think it would survive? Not necessary thrive because then i would have to trim it every other day.
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oh crap, i just remembered.

i have corydoras.

Should i get the black kind of gravel that is still a bit smaller than pea shape but is rounded? It like has been smoothed out a bit and is covered in a plastic coating i think.

any help? i really want to keep my cute corys
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