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Which substrate should I go for with a planted tank?
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Which substrate should I go for with a planted tank?
Perhaps some research first? Do some reading rather then asking? We have a search feature here and an entire section (the one you just posted in) dedicated to substrate. Perhaps reading a few threads could be very helpful in your search.

Things such as tank size, budget, goals, etc. will be a deciding factor in your selection.


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An Important bit of information I learned is: plants get their nutrients from their leaves not just their roots. If you look at pet stores or mail order websites posting tank photos they don't have any substrate. The plants are fed with fertilizers and CO2 injections.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but substrate is a tool to keep plants from floating around on your tank. Would that be a fair thing to say?
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An Important bit of information I learned is: plants get their nutrients from their leaves not just their roots. If you look at pet stores or mail order websites posting tank photos they don't have any substrate. The plants are fed with fertilizers and CO2 injections.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but substrate is a tool to keep plants from floating around on your tank. Would that be a fair thing to say?
Yes, I would have to agree with that. I did not start my tank with the best substrate, but the majority of my plants are doing really well, algae free and have grown faster than I can trim them. None of them though are deeply rooted into the cr*py substrate. I use Estimative index fertilization, pressurized c02, high light, have good circulation and have a good c02 diffuser. But still, I do have problems growing crypts and carpeting plants don't seem to do as well. I am now experimenting by planting some of the same plants in small plant pots with ADA Aquasoil and positioning them throughout the tank, to see if there is any difference in growth.
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I do think that substrates "keep plants from floating around the tank" but that is not the only function a substrate can have. For instance, those that use the mineralized substrate can go without hardly dosing at all, just a little K once a week or so. ADA Aqua Soil can grow plants that are very difficult to grow otherwise.

This entire hobby is about balance. Better soils make it easier to get better balance. Foreground plants are also a good example of this principle. Because they are so near the ground, circulation is poorer there. If your soil is high with nutrients they will get better nutrition. It will be easier to grow them.

I used inert gravel for decades. When I switched to ADA Aqua Soil the difference is just truly incredible. Except for what I read about the mineralized soil I wonder if there is a substitute.

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