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I was just wondering if there are any benefits having multiple substrates - i.e. Tropica AquaCare then JBL Aquabasis and finally 2mm-3mm gravel or is just one plant substrate a better way to go.

I'm asking as I saw a video where several different plant substrates were used before the gravel and I am curious about the benefits

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IMO picking a substrate is all about your goals, therefore mixing substrate may or may not be a good idea depending on what you are trying to achieve.

I mixed about 5 different substrates in my 90gal. I like the effect and it's meeting my goals well.

What are your goals and priorities? Providing nutrients? Cost management? Aesthetics?





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IMO picking a substrate is all about your goals, therefore mixing substrate may or may not be a good idea depending on what you are trying to achieve.

I mixed about 5 different substrates in my 90gal. I like the effect and it's meeting my goals well.

What are your goals and priorities? Providing nutrients? Cost management? Aesthetics?
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The plan is to have a reasonable depth of plants totalling around 40%-50% of the total tank. The tank is 215L I want to provide good nutrient value but don't want to spend vast amounts on the substrate. The products I mentioned above I can get for around 60 but I don't know if there is any value in mixing them or whether to buy enough of just one of the substrates to go beneath the black gravel - which is being purchased for aesthetics.

This is my first attempt at fishkeeping, let alone running a planted tank, but I have been busy researching for the the last couple of weeks, which is how I came across the idea of mixing the different substrates below the gravel via a video on another website.

I am presuming that different products offer different nutritional and enviromental differences which is why some people would choose to mix them or is this incorrect? If just one substrate below the gravel is the way to go then that's what I'll do. I'd just like to give my tank the best possible start but I figure I may just be confusing myself the more I read
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this video (I found the link over at ASW) was shot in the UK (I think) and the guy giving the demonstration mixed his own substrate with a combination of tropica products. Perhpas you could get an idea as to what others are mixing...check it out (it's long, but interesting - especially for newbies).
http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.u...php?blogid=180 The guy in the video wants to do just what you're doing: nice, decorative black sand cap, nutrient rich substrate mix below.

Oh yeah, you also might want to check out this article, as it talks about mixing your own substrate http://www.aquascapingworld.com/maga...ubstrates.html. I
d love to try this!! Best of luck, and let me know if either of these were helpful (or at least what you decide to do as far as your substrate is concerned)!!
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[quote=ColeMan;599501]this video (I found the link over at ASW) was shot in the UK (I think) and the guy giving the demonstration mixed his own substrate with a combination of tropica products. Perhpas you could get an idea as to what others are mixing...check it out (it's long, but interesting - especially for newbies).
http://www.practicalfishkeeping.co.u...php?blogid=180 The guy in the video wants to do just what you're doing: nice, decorative black sand cap, nutrient rich substrate mix below.

This is the video I saw as well. I just didn't understand why he was mixing the substrates and why he chose these particular ones - I may of missed this as you are correct in saying the video is long. I will give it another watch!
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I watched it, but wasn't 100% there, so to speak, so I didn't catch what kind of substrates he mixed (also I'm not overly familiar with the tropica line which he seemed to favor). Funny you saw the same video...I should have guessed. I mean, really, how many aquascaping videos are there (especially ones where guys are mixing substrates)?!?
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