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Am setting up 5 gallon betta tanks and want to have real plants. For that size aquarium how deep should the substrate be?
It depends on the plants. Some have an extensive/deep root system, some not. I stay around 2" for spots that are unplanted or for spots that have plants that don't need lots of depth for roots. I'd def stay below 3" unless you have a specific plant that needs more root room (like a sword), but then I'd say no more than 4" in that spot.
Are you considering getting MTS or raking the sand in unplanted areas periodically?
I am getting mystery snails.
Since Mystery Snails don't burrow much, I would keep the sand depth low and run a chopstick through the unplanted areas periodically.
I agree. In this small a tank you will not have plants with extensive root systems so a sand depth no greater than 2 inches, and probably better with 1 inch at the front to 1.5 inches at the back. And see if you can get a couple Malaysian Livebearing snails, they are incredible with sand substrate.
Byron, I do not know if they are one and the same but I got some MTS snails recently. They sound like good snails to have. After I got them, I saw where some people buy Assassin snails to eat the MTS snails, that confused me.
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