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Root Tabs and plain gravel

So does anyone here to a combination of root tabs with just plain gravel? What kind of results have you gotten from this?
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At the moment no. In the past I have used plain sand and root tabs. Vallisneria, some cryptocorynes, sagitaria subulata, echinodorus amazonicus grew really well. Red lotus grew but not as well as in a fertile substrate. As you can see this was not a water fertilised aquarium, but had lots of fish which contributed to a fertile substrate. If you add nutrients to the water I think you can grow most stem plants.

Quick tip, root balls sold for pond lilies will work great in larger aquariums. They are cheaper, have more nutrients and often have all nutrients (not just micros ). You can brake them in smaller chunks to distribute easily.

For some reason gravel always went anaerobic in my aquariums. River sand was mostly good even up to 5 inches deep.

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