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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-06-2008, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
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Bed A Beast?

Well, I wasn't going to ask this because it seemed a little strange, but someone posted that they use kitty litter as substrate, so why not?

I have a 3 gallon tank and was thinking of trying a planted tank for the first time. So I've been looking over this forum, and lighting forum, trying to figure out exactly what I would need to keep the plants alive.

Has anyone ever tried using Bed A Beast as part of their substrate? It's made from coconut husk and is normally used in reptile terrariums, which is why I'm asking; I have some extra that I didn't use in my snake's terrarium. If I remember correctly, the package mentioned that the used bedding could be reused as fertilizer in a garden, so do you suppose it would have enough nutrients for aquarium plants?

Otherwise, I'll look around and see if I can find Schultz's aquatic soil, or something similar, and perhaps some pool filter or play sand to cap it.
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coconut husk only is not a proper substrate... you might want to have it in the bottom and covered with aquatic soil... It'll act just like peat moss i'd assume.
It will provide some nutrient and will leach some tannin into the water. Tannin is harmless.


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the package mentioned that the used bedding could be reused as fertilizer in a garden, so do you suppose it would have enough nutrients for aquarium plants?
I'll bet it's the reptile waste that acts as a fertilizer, and not the bedding itself. I wouldn't use it. Doesn't that stuff float anyway?
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