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best substrate

as above best substrate prefrbly not too pricey.

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Those are kind of opposite spectrums not pricey and best. From my experience Miricle Gro organic potting soil covered with black blasting sand might be the way to go good luck.
i have one tank that has no co2 and has those two things in it and the water is crystal clear and the plants grow tall my crypts are huge medium light 2 x T8 Bulbs on a 40 gal breeder tank one 65k and one flora plant gro bulb

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ive heard pool filter sand works well is this true?? i dont want to spend loads of money on substrate that will be exhausted after x amount of time.
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Hi evo679.

Pool sand, or pretty much any sand hav no nutrients available to plants. So it is "exhausted" from the start.

We use sand on top of top soil to minimize soil disturbance and provide better support for plants. Personally, I use play sand and top soil.


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looks like ill be in the kids sand pit and down b and q in the morning then what sort of depth is best. thanks for the reply.

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Well, if you go the top soil route (AKA dirt), normal is 1 inch of drit, and no more then one inch of sand. Target for about 3/4 of an inch.

Make sure to clean the sand. It must be well rinsed otherwise it will be cloudy/milky water forever.


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I just read about minirlzing the top soil is this needed or just over kill.

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Mineralized top soil is a better way to go, but it depends on application. Some folks would say it's essential. Others would say it's overkill. You'll find both opinions here.

Sand is inexpensive and plenty of people use it. You can go collect your own (check local laws) sand, gravel, dirt. Or you can buy prepared substrates.

It's really going to depend on your intended use, your plant selection, and lighting/fert schedule. Best is subjective, and dependent upon each person's experience, application, and budget.
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