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anybody ever use just straight vermiculite/gravel? I just planted my 5 gallon hex w/ water sprite, java fern, dwarf sag. Just wondering if anybody's had success and or problems w/ it. I should have soaked it for a while before I put it in there, I know that much. Stuff sure makes a mess. Also using miracle gro flowering plant sticks broken in half and shoved into substrate. Any thoughts?
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Vermiculite floats, no?
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The issue of vermiculite has been discussed before. This post may be of interest to you.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/su...atic-soil.html

For reasons referenced in that post, I would personally stay away from vermiculite. IMHO, you would be better capping a dusting of peat, mulm, laterite or leonardite and crushed up fert tabs, with pool filter sand cap, or just go with a speciality substarte like Schultz Aquatic Soil, Soil Master Select, fluorite or eco-complete.
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I used vermiculite in my 180. See post at bottom of this thread...
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/lo...nted-tank.html
Not worth the hassle in a small tank, IMO., but I got great results with it in a big tank. See link in signature.

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vermiculite, to my knowledge, will sink once it's saturated. I assume that's the difference (mainly) between it and perlite. If I'm wrong, please let me know.
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True. It stays sunk once waterlogged, though since it's lighter than sand/gravel etc, you do get the odd pile on the bottom. I don't mind it in mine, it goes where the current or the swish of a fish tail pushes it. It gives a little more 'life' to the bottom of a tank, and it does stay on the bottom. Again, beneficial in a big tank where you can save a lot of dough, but I wouldn't bother in anything less than 55 gallons.

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