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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-22-2012, 11:57 PM Thread Starter
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Newcomer to planted tanks.

So I am new to all of this, I have a 20 Gallon tank that my turtles no longer need because they've been upgraded. So with that 20 Gallon i want to make a planted tank.

I don't know what substrate to use, i was reading though a few threads and they were talking about top soil and clay and all this stuff.
Is it not enough to just use something like this (http://www.amazon.com/Hagen-12691-Fl...rium+substrate)
and plant your plants in it?

can someone show me a guide as to what i need in priorities?

I would love it if you guys could give me a list of things i need substrate wise through amazon.

So far i have
(http://www.amazon.com/Hagen-12691-Fl...rium+substrate)
http://www.amazon.com/CaribSea-Eco-C...s=Eco-Complete
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-23-2012, 12:55 AM
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Welcome to the forum! I use fluval plant stratum but can't really speak on how good it is since I have had good luck and bad luck. The bad luck with it more than likely being my fault. If you do a quick search you can read of other's experiences with the fluval plant stratum. I strongly prefer ADA aquasoil just because it is very nutrient rich and I have seen really good growth and rooting in it. The fired clay is going to be like flourite or eco-complete. It doesn't initially have any nutrient capabilities but it holds and takes in nutrients that can be released to the plants.

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