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What substrate?

So I am hoping to be setting a up my 60p soon. I want a black substrate that I can easily plant carpeting plants. Is Eco-Complete or ADA soil worth it. Looked into Controsoil but can't get it Canada.

Anyone have good recommendations for substrate. It will be a high tech setup. Maybe just black pool filter sand with root tabs.

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Best for what purpose ? You'll never keep black or white sand clean.
Mineralized top soil is best for plants. And no doubt it's in the substrate section, but someone may have a link to the formula made up by some who know what he is doing.
Complete step by step on making mineralized top soil.
But then you can just use the MGOCPM that everyone uses..
I don't like knowing that my sub will expire somewhere down the line. So I prefer
an inert sub like Fluorite. I also have the Eco in one tank. Plants take in just as much from their leaves as the roots so no plant "needs" any particular sub except that DHG
does give much better growth in a dirt sub. I'm going to speculate that the leaf(if that
is what they call it)type doesn't absorb nutrients as well as regular leaves do.
But I said they don't "need" it...but they all can benefit from it so it's a choice for the owner of the tank. Based on whatever they focus on as important to them.
All subs have both good and bad points so which is more important to you ?
Cheap would be Black Diamond blasting media sold at Tractor Supply.
I use this under the Fluorite to cut the cost of the Fluorite.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pi...ictureid=52570
Sold at some mom & pop type pet shops or you can go directly to a sand blasting yard.
Another cheap alternative and darker than white. Could be a cap for a dirt sub also.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=908993

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DHG is one I may be doing what do you recommend for that. There will definitly be some carpeting plants. Essentially I want something that will allow most foreground carpeting plants too root well

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I strongly recommend against eco if you want DHG. I would get ADA if you are trying to get a carpet of DHG


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Everthing I'm reading says no to eco. I also don't like the fact of paying all the money for something that essentially expires. I just want a substrate that will allow me to grow DHG or hc or Monte Carlo. I can always use fert tabs. Here is my 75 with laterite, it's high tech never had any luck with hard to grow foreground. I'm not interested in dirt.


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