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post #1 of 16 Old 08-04-2011, 03:36 PM Thread Starter
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Another substrate question?

I need to buy new substrate because sand is sturing up and getting on my plants. I herd flora max sucks and eco-complete is light and with current will cloud up the water. What should I do? Just put gravel over my sand with root tabs?
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post #2 of 16 Old 08-04-2011, 04:14 PM
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Plants will grow fine without enriched substrates like eco complete, so save money and get a small grain gravel and maybe use root tabs for heavy root feeders if you feel they need it. I personally don't like the look of 2 substrates mixed together but thats just my taste - if it was me I'd completely replace the sand with gravel
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post #3 of 16 Old 08-04-2011, 04:26 PM Thread Starter
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Well my only option is petsmart and they don't have small gravel. Should I just go with eco-complete? I was worried the current of the filter would move it around to much.
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post #4 of 16 Old 08-04-2011, 04:36 PM
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Where did you read that flora max sucks?


I will be starting a 10g planted tank soon and that is what I was going to use.
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post #5 of 16 Old 08-04-2011, 04:43 PM Thread Starter
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I shouldn't of said it sucks but it clouds a lot.
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post #6 of 16 Old 08-04-2011, 04:45 PM
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Hmmm... I guess it was cloudy at first. I have it in a 15 gallon.


I have a massive overkill powerhead in there right now that has taken all of the substrate off 1/3 of the tank and the water is crystal clear.
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post #7 of 16 Old 08-04-2011, 04:51 PM Thread Starter
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so should I get flora max
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post #8 of 16 Old 08-04-2011, 04:53 PM
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I just took some pics:








Currently cycling. When I first put the powerhead in there it got cloudy for a little while but everything is pretty settled now and the water is clear. Crappy pics and the glass is dirty... but you get the idea.
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post #9 of 16 Old 08-04-2011, 04:56 PM
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so should I get flora max


I'll let Byron chime in. He rarely uses enriched substrate. (To my knowledge)


I was going to post a thread and have him design my 10g for me. Substrate, plants, everything. It's just going to be a ramshorn breeder tank, but it might as well look cool too.
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post #10 of 16 Old 08-04-2011, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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Well I chose flourite for my substrate hope it works good.
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