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how deep?

Okay so I'm sure this has been asked over and over again, but how deep should my substrate be.
It's just a standard 10g tank and I'm using seachem flourite, smaller gravel type. It's about 3/4 to an 1 inch. Should I add more flourite? Or a thin layer of sand? Or is it just fine how it is.
I use seachem root tabs, and api co2 booster.
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I like a thicker substrate. At least 2".

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I like a thicker substrate. At least 2".
Any idea on how you'd go about adding more substrate to an already established tank. Home to shrimp, otos, and one lone albino bristle nose.
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My substrate is about 5-6" deep. MTS and Black Diamond Cap. In the deeper areas, I have stockings filled with gravel then the MTS & sand.

You can put the sand/gravel in a glass or cup and wet it first, then slowly lower it to the bottom of the tank and dump it.

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My substrate is about 5-6" deep. MTS and Black Diamond Cap. In the deeper areas, I have stockings filled with gravel then the MTS & sand.

You can put the sand/gravel in a glass or cup and wet it first, then slowly lower it to the bottom of the tank and dump it.
I'm assuming it should be rinsed then put into the cup, than lowered into the tank?
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You can also with rinsed substrate, take a 2inch or bigger pvc pipe, put and end on the bottom, fill it up and then slowly lift it to keep the gravel contained. Ive also heard, but never tried, you can freeze ice cubes with substrate in them place them in the tank and let them disolve.. more for adding dirtunder exsisting substrates, but still an option.

Also id like to second 2inch or deeper substrate for me


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Any idea on how you'd go about adding more substrate to an already established tank. Home to shrimp, otos, and one lone albino bristle nose.
I'd fill up a 5 gallon bucket with H2O from the tank. Put the fish in said bucket then get rid of the rest of the water. Add substrate and refill with new and old water and fish. What you've done is added gravel and performed a 50% WC.

Yes rinse the new gravel.

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I'm going to piggy back on this post. I'm building my first dirted tank. I am using Miracle Grow Organic Choice Potting Mix(the orangish/brown bag with no cow poo) and capping with black blasting sand.

I've put in 1.5-2" of dirt slightly sloped to the front. I capped with about as much sand. I realized I, maybe, should have put some rocks or something in the dirt to get the slope AFTER I had already put it down. Is this going to be too deep? I'm going to start off doing DSM (plants will be in tomorrow). This is my first time doing dirted and DSM so I want to make sure I don't have any major issues. This is going to be a shrimp tank and I plan on having at least a couple MTS in there as well.
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