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Need suggestions for a less messy substrate

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I currently have a 6G tank with a Fluval Stratum bottom. If I move a plant, or take one out to clean it off, the re-planting is a nightmare. The water gets very messy as the stratum breaks down into mud in the area that it's disrupted. The plants are doing well, but the muddy water settles onto the leaves and turns them brown, which is very unsightly too. I want to replace the substrate with a less messy alternative, but I'm not sure what I should use. I don't really need my plants getting much bigger than I buy them, so I'm even considering gravel. If I dose regularly, is this a viable option?

I've looked at Fluorite, but that seems as it can be messy and difficult to rinse.

What are my options?
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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 04-08-2013, 04:56 PM
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If treated right, Flourite is neither messy nor hard to rinse. High CEC which is good for plants, and a pleasure to plant in.

Regular gravel is an option too, but all by itself it is not the best for rosette/root-heavy plants since it doesn't hold much nutrients.

Perhaps gravel over some MTS kind of substrate would work well?


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Eco Complete or Floramax are great options.

IF you have shrimp, UP Aqua Shrimp Sand is pretty dense due to the clay to ash ratio. In other words, it doesn't break down as easy as FS.

And lets not forget ADA AS Amazonia as well


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