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How much bedding should i have?

How much bedding should i have (substrate)? 55g
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which substrate are you thinking?


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I think it is generally accepted that 3" is a good substrate depth, even though 2" can work fine, and 4" is likely not to be a problem. If you slope the substrate you could have all of the above.

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I tend to end up with a 2-3" depth in my tanks. Even with terracing it ends up sliding forward over time. 2 is enough depth to hold most plants that fit grown out in a 55g tank. Eco and flourite subs ended up being just under 3" in my 75's and the Walstad syle tank is 1" soil and 1" flourite.


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Is there a point in which it could become too deep? If so what would be the problem?
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Is there a point in which it could become too deep? If so what would be the problem?
4" is really pushing it depending on what your using. I'd stick to around 3" myself.

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Is there a point in which it could become too deep? If so what would be the problem?
Anaerobic bacteria.

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