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Do I need to switch my substrate?

I have decided to plant my brackish tank. Currently the substrate is a mixture of crushed coral and aragonite sand. Will I have to completely redo the entire tank? Or can I plant in the crushed coral?


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Yeah I will have to get plants that can survive in hard water and tolerate a small amount of salt. My salinity stays at 1.003-1.005. I will be adding some driftwood that will lower the ph a little.


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I could put a layer under the crushed coral I suppose. If I did that, what would you suggest for a substrate?


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If your set on sticking with Brackish, then google plants that will do well in your conditions. Vals are a good choice. You could keep the substrate you have and add root ferts as well as liquid ferts and I'm thinking you should be ok
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I don't mind dosing the tank with fertilizers. What are root ferts?


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I don't mind dosing the tank with fertilizers. What are root ferts?


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Various brands of root tablets and/or osmocote caps that get placed in the substrate near root feeding plants
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Do I need to switch my substrate?

I think I am going to change the substrate. I will just put a bag of aragonite sand in the filter and
Mix some in with the top layer to help buffer to ph. This will be my first planted tank, so I need something that is easy to work with and won't cause a lot of
Cloudiness if I decide to change the aquascape, which I'm sure I will. What are the recommendations for what I can use? A substrate that has a neutral ph would be essential because I do have to maintain a a decently high alkalinity. I would still prefer a sand as that replicates the natural environment best, and a light color not a dark brown or black. Is there any point in doing a layer of fluorite or ecocomplete underneath the layer of sand. I can't seem to find a good substrate that is a light color

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