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The only thing I added was the plant on wood
I bought it used from someone so I didn't choose the blue gravel or anything else but I did add screw in CF from walmart though, I'm thinking I can probably get it to grow plants, but the gravel isn't as fine as flourite so choices are more limited
anybody like it?



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I voted that I didn't like the color of the gravel. I feel the color itself would detract from any great looking plant growth you might have. But it's all personal taste.

Personally I would toss the gravel and go with something else. If you like it stay with it. But if you don't junk it. Much easier to change it now then in a month or two.
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I agree, If anything, I should act now before everything settles in. But I mainly bought this tank because I need more room for some fishes which are breeding. So plant growth wasn't a priority in this tank. But it would still be nice which is why the java fern on wood was the first thing I added. It goes well anywhere!



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I voted that I didn't like it, again b/c I can't stand the color of the gravel. I would do anything to change it, even if that tank was well extablished with many plants. Of course this is my personal preference, but your asking.

Why don't you change if you are considering fluorite? Theres hardly anything in there and adding fluorite will give you greater choices and of course better plant growth. I think the fish will like it better too. .
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Well, I'm trying to spend less money on my aquarium. I already have my 29G tank with flourite which I get to cherish



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Gravel has got to go. Unless you put in a laserbeam lighthouse and a radio control submarine.
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Gravel has got to go. Unless you put in a laserbeam lighthouse and a radio control submarine.
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Well, I'm trying to spend less money on my aquarium. I already have my 29G tank with flourite which I get to cherish
I know fluorite is expensive ordering online (where most of us get it) but if you have a nearby petsmart, you can get it for relatively cheap. They do price matches and I was able to get it for 11.99/bag, bringing down the price from $25/bag. I just printed off the price from Big Als, cheapest online source I know.

If thats too much, Shultz aquatic plant soil - profile looks really great and is cheaper yet. $6/bag at HD.

BTW, how big is this tank?
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Agreed that the flourite or shultz is the way to go. If it's a money issue I would go with the aquatic soil.

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The gravel is a little bright. But hey, it's an aquarium with plants and room for fish, I like it.

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Here's what I think you should do:

1. Take out all water in the tank
2. Scoot the edges in to where u have about 1/2 gap between the gravel and the glass wall.
3. Buy some black or natural gravel and poor it on top (This stuff is really cheap or you can actually find places that just small gravel type rocks for cheap)
4. This will give you a good thick bed without spending a lot of money and it will make it look like you're whole bed is made up of that gravel

The most you will probably spend on a tank that size is like 30 bucks. I have a place where you can buy regular aquarium gravel (natural) for 65 cents a lb.

Or do steps 1-4 and buy a 50 lb of sand @ homedepot. Ive use it and it works great and costed me 4 bucks @ tax. You don't care too much of it being a dedicated planted tank so this would be the best bet because that blue gravel does have to go.
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Wow, talk about a landslide on the polls, I guess I'll check this Shultz aquatic plant soil at homedepot tomorrow if I have time. Price is the biggest factor as I think I'm spending too much on this hobby even though I love it. This is a 10G tank btw.



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if it's a 10 gallon tank then go and buy 1 bag of fluorite (14-20 bucks) and that will be sufficient enough. Just put it over the blue gravel. Remember to scoot the gravel in so that way it will look like all your gravel is fluorite.
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I would NOT pour fluorite or profile over this gravel, especially since it is just a ten gallon; one bag of either is all you need for a deep enough bed. Flourite and profile are also smaller grained than that gravel, so with time the blue gravel will work its way to the top. BTW, removing it is not hard.
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I second that suggestion. Just yank the blue stuff out if you are going to add something else. Rolo is right - the finer stuff will just work its way to the bottom and then you will have the nasty blue mixed with whatever you choose.
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yeah ofcourse its not hard removing it and you're acting as if eco-complete is sand or something.

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i would just buy 1 bag eco-complete (18 bucks), 1 50 bag of sand (3 bucks) and just use 10 lbs of it. Thats youre best bet of having a GOOD bed and saving a lot of money.
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