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Question What Are The "Basics" For Substrate In A Planted Tank?

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I have a 29 gallon freshwater tank, which I'll be adding plants to shortly. What are the "must haves" for substrate? Right now I just have "Fluval Substrate for Planted Aquariums". Is this enough? Will my plants grow? Thanks
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The type of substrate people use really just depends on their preference. My personal favorite is dirt capped with sand. I don't know anything about what substrate you have. It may be inert, which means it has no nutrients. The plants will grow fine as long as they have the correct nutrients, which can be supplemented through roots tabs, liquids, or dry powders.

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The type of substrate people use really just depends on their preference. My personal favorite is dirt capped with sand. I don't know anything about what substrate you have. It may be inert, which means it has no nutrients. The plants will grow fine as long as they have the correct nutrients, which can be supplemented through roots tabs, liquids, or dry powders.
Okay thanks. I've got a feeling that a lot of this stuff is learned through trial and error, which I'm trying to avoid, for financial reasons of course. Lighting, substrate etc. is so expensive!
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Okay thanks. I've got a feeling that a lot of this stuff is learned through trial and error, which I'm trying to avoid, for financial reasons of course. Lighting, substrate etc. is so expensive!
You can sometimes cut corners if you know what you're doing. I just use regular 6500k cfl bulbs on some of my tanks, and I use dirt and sand in my biggest tank. It was very cheap for me to do, I just went out and bought a big bag of plain old dirt and covered it with some sand I had laying around. It works great and is very budget friendly.

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Okay thanks. I've got a feeling that a lot of this stuff is learned through trial and error, which I'm trying to avoid, for financial reasons of course. Lighting, substrate etc. is so expensive!
That's why there are forums to help you out like this one. Take a look at the substrate forum here and read up.
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I used Fluorite for mine which has glowing recommendations from most people who use it. Also I know that Eco-Complete is a very good substrate. Likewise I have heard great reports from people simply using soil as Rain suggested.

One substrate that I would suggest you avoid is "Super Naturals Premium Aquarium Substrate." It says it is good for plants (which it is) but it has caused daily algae and bacterial blooms for me and the only way to fix it has been to do water changes every other day and buy additional filtration. These blooms occurred before I added any fish.
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it really depends on the type of plants you want to grow. the fluval stuff is definitely enough to grow most (if not all) plants. Of course, you will want to fertilize and have good lighting, etc etc, but for soil you should be good.

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