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This is probably a dumb question

I know I'm going to look stupid for asking this but, I'm new to planted tanks and Do i have to have something other than aquarium rock to grow plants in? Like some kind of mudd or dirt?
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I know I'm going to look stupid for asking this but, I'm new to planted tanks and Do i have to have something other than aquarium rock to grow plants in? Like some kind of mudd or dirt?
If you are new, I would recommend fluorite, eco-complete, or plain pool filter sand. As you gain more experience and understand more about how to best grow plants, you can progress to mineralized topsoil or the natural planted tank method. Of course you should consider taking a low tech, low light approach as it is generally easier to maintain such a setup and is the least expensive and trouble free when starting.

Here are a couple of articles to help you get started.
http://www.ultimatebettas.com/index.php?showtopic=24656
http://www.vickisaquaticplace.com/PlantsChapter1.html

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If you are patient and don't easily get frustrated, and are willing to keep working, trying things, waiting for success, then you would learn the most by starting with plenty of light, a CO2 system, and a substrate like Flourite or Eco Complete. Otherwise, for those with less patience, and who get frustrated easily, starting as Homer suggested is the best idea.

There seems to be a never ending list of things to learn when you jack up the light intensity and try to grow all of the interesting plants you read about. I don't think we ever really learn it all, so a good tolerance for frustration is needed to succeed with high light.

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