01-23-2012, 12:13 PM
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Just as a side note, about 2 or 3 years ago I set up a 20 long and a 10g with the planting substrate from aquariumplants.com. I had previously tried 2 others a long time prior, and had the same problem every time. The substrate was awesome, and most any plant just grew that much better, however anytime the substrate is disturbed, it makes a brown cloud like woah in the water. I only have 1 tank left with the stuff, as everything else went to gravel.
Now when I vacuum the gravel, I just get the surface and dont press into the gravel. So far so good!
Ive never tried sand, but I hate substrates that are a headache. Im just saying ive done quite well with gravel, and its easy to maintain :)