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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 08-28-2004, 04:55 AM Thread Starter
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Sand or Gravel?

which is the best for plant growth? if this has be a topic before im sorry i looked through 15 pages before starting this.
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Yes, there are a lot of discussions on this topic. But the main point is that you can't go wrong with specialty substrate like Eco-complete or Flourite. There is also specialty sand for planted tank which is called Onyx (my favorite but grey in color). Many still go with light color sands because of their looks. Inert, compacting are the main issues with sand substrate.
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I assume you're going for sand or gravel for cost reasons. Of course eco-complete, flourite, onyx...are all better, but cost more.

I've never used sand or plain gravel, but as far as what I read, I really have never heard anyone having any problems with sand. It better for roots then larger gravel too. Whatever you go with, root tabs and laterite would be good additives, especially if there will be root feeding plants.
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I have never tried sand; I always use gravel like Eco-complete or Flourite alone or mixed with regular natural gravel depending on tank size.

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