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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 01-16-2016, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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My wife and me are setting up a 40g aquarium. We are still in the process of weather or not we are going to do love plants. If we were going to do live plants, what substrate would be suggested? IF we were not to do live plants, what would be suggested? Thanks for the help!
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Check out the FAQ. Lots of varying ideas and thoughts on substrate, from black diamond blasting sand with root tabs and liquid fertilizer, to organic soil based substrate capped with gravel or sand, to prefabricated specialized plant substrates like fluorite, Eco complete, ADA substrates, or just plain old gravel

It is all about how you wish to approach it, how much you want to spend, and what you can find in your area. In the end it is about finding an approach that works for you, given the lighting , water, co2, and fertilizers you plan to use.
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You can find some decent stuff at the big chain stores. I would check out eco complete, activflora, and fluorite just because those seem easily accessible and pretty fool proof. For a 40b plan on 3 or 4 bags. Do you already have a light fixture? What plants are you considering? There is some good info in the low tech sub forum, I would start reading there.

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It also depends on what your budget is. Some of the store-bought substrates can be extremely pricey. A low-cost solution is to use something like pool filter sand. It's pretty cheap and works well, but it also doesn't contain nutrients like the soils do, therefore you should use some sort of root tabs with it.
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Live plants is a very broad topic.
Maybe decide on some types of plants first.
A better assessment of substrate and lighting could then be discussed.

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