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volzb1 06-24-2008 10:51 AM

Substrate question
planting a 120 gallon aquarium. what substrate should I use that will give me the best results with my plants?

iamntbatman 06-24-2008 03:15 PM

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.

volzb1 06-24-2008 10:12 PM

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?

iamntbatman 06-25-2008 12:47 AM

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.

okiemavis 06-25-2008 06:55 AM makes their own substrate that's supposed to be really good, and it's LOADS cheaper than eco-complete.

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