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Question Something under substrate

Ok I am new to this so bare with me.....

I just wanted some opinions on if it is better to use something under the substrate such at a layer of peat, or is it just as good to use straight substrate. I am going to be using Flourite, but am also shooting for a low tech tank, so I want to give the plants the best base possible. I know that the Flourite says it can be used alone, or mixed with gravel, just don't know if I should start out with a layer of peat, Laterite, or something like Flora Root Enricher.
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i personally would just go with the flourite unless there is something your trying to do.....

when they say mix meaning you can mix 50% flourite and 50% something and still get the kind of effect.....
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i personally would just go with the flourite unless there is something your trying to do.....

when they say mix meaning you can mix 50% flourite and 50% something and still get the kind of effect.....
I know that mixing the Flourite with gravel is just for looks, and you accomplish the same thing, I just was wondering if it was that much better to have a layer of peat or laterite under the Flourite, or is it just as good to use straight Flourite.
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Using a fine dusting of peat under the substrate will slightly lower the pH over time, which is beneficial for most plants. Also the peat contains vitamins/nutrients.

I personally will mix a handful of peat with lots of mulm from one of my established tanks, and spread this across the bottom of my 90gal before laying the mixture of Colorquartz and Fluorite on top (50lbs Colorquartz mixed with 5 bags of Fluorite- I'm using CQ just to cut down on costs since I need so much substrate!) The mulm will also provide some nutrient benefit for the plant roots, plus help jumpstart the new tank's nitrogen cycle. My last step before planting will be using WonderGro root tabs.





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Using a fine dusting of peat under the substrate will slightly lower the pH over time, which is beneficial for most plants. Also the peat contains vitamins/nutrients.

I personally will mix a handful of peat with lots of mulm from one of my established tanks, and spread this across the bottom of my 90gal before laying the mixture of Colorquartz and Fluorite on top (50lbs Colorquartz mixed with 5 bags of Fluorite- I'm using CQ just to cut down on costs since I need so much substrate!) The mulm will also provide some nutrient benefit for the plant roots, plus help jumpstart the new tank's nitrogen cycle. My last step before planting will be using WonderGro root tabs.
Thanks so much, again, great advise. I will do that and use a little bit of peat and mix it with some mulm from one of my other tanks. Also I will be using a filter from a established tank, so will already have a jump start on the cycleing process. Thanks again for the advise.
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