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Old 06-24-2008, 10:51 AM   #1
 
Substrate question

planting a 120 gallon aquarium. what substrate should I use that will give me the best results with my plants?
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Old 06-24-2008, 03:15 PM   #2
 
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The most highly recommended plant substrate is usually Eco-complete for Planted Tanks. It's fairly expensive stuff, so you could mix it with pea gravel or another type of substrate as well.

Others use fluorite, but it's notoriously messy.
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Old 06-24-2008, 10:12 PM   #3
 
ohh so like I wouldnt want to just put 120 lbs of the eco-complete plant stuff in there? would it be as effective if i mixed it with pea gravel?
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Old 06-25-2008, 12:47 AM   #4
 
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You can use Eco-complete on its own. The more nutrients for your plants the better. I was just pointing out that at $25 per 20 lb bag of it, you'd spend a lot of money using pure Eco-complete in a 120 gallon tank. Mixing it with something like pea gravel will mean less nutrients for your plants but at a much lower cost. A lot of people have great success with mixed substrates though, so it's up to you.
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Old 06-25-2008, 06:55 AM   #5
 
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AquariumPlants.com makes their own substrate that's supposed to be really good, and it's LOADS cheaper than eco-complete.
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