11-07-2012, 11:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Dawes
As the Title says, is specialised 'Plant Substrate' necessary for a successful planted aquarium? As I only have sand in all my tanks, I was just curious if I could achieve a fully planted tank in one of them only using root tabs and liquid fertilisers, as I really do not wish to up-heave all my sand.
I've heard many different thing, but none of them from a reliable source.
My current lighting is:
1x 24inch, T8 Power-Glo. (20W).
1x 24inch, T8 Life Glo. (20W).
Nope, you do not require specialized 'Plant Substrate' to have a successful planted tank. I've created planted tanks with just plain gravels. Your idea to use root tabs or liquid fertilizer will work
....One reason why there are so many types of plant substrate sold in LFS is that it just make life easier, so you don't need to explore other options