Best Substrate for Planted Tank - 2017 Reviews & Guide

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If you choose to use a complete substrate, like ADA Aqua Soil or Eco Complete Planted Aquarium Substrate, you absolutely cannot add fish into the tank while it’s cycling. These types of substrates tend to have an ammonia spike within the first three weeks of use in order to encourage the growth of filter bacteria. You’ll need to completely cycle your new tank before adding any fish for success with this type of substrate. Check your pH before adding any livestock, as this type of substrate can sometimes drop levels too low for many fish species.
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Why's this important? Most of the aquatic (andterrestrial) plants we grow do best in loamy soils. ; no joking; clay-diameter material acts asa colloid, attracting and slowly releasing water and nutrients. Youneed only use a small amount of clay to gain the absorptive property ofits vast surface area. What about the gravel/sand we call substrate?For our purposes here we will consider the inorganic mineral substratesas not contributing nutriment to aquarium plants. Jump to Types of substrate for aquarium plants - Eco Complete Planted Black Aquarium Substrate. Flourite Black. Fluval Plant and Shrimp Stratum. Mr. Aqua Aquarium Soil Substrate 1 Liter. UP AQUA Sand for Aquatic Plants. CaribSea Eco-Complete Planted Aquarium.
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I prefer to pot most of my plants. The method is very simple and does not take a lot of time or effort. First you need some sort of pot. This could be the plastic pots that your garden plants come in, yoghurt containers, the bottom cut off a plastic pop bottle or small clay pots that you can buy at most nurseries. If it is a plastic container, make sure that it is not toxic to your plants or fish. Next get a bucket and add some water to it. Into the bucket add some potting soil. I prefer to use Hillview Potting Soil as I have found that it is pure soil with nothing added. The reason for mixing the soil and water together first is that if you do not saturate the soil and drop the pot into the aquarium, you take the chance of the air in the soil exploding to the surface and making a real mess of the aquarium. Believe me when I say that it can be very frustrating if you rush the job and end up with a big mess. It has happened to me too many time to count. Once the soil is moist (not like soup, more like Play Doh), fill your potting container 2/3rds full of soil. Take your finger and push it into the soil to create a small planting hole. Take your plant and carefully insert the root system into the hole. Carefully fill the hole from the sides, then add aquarium gravel to top up the container. Gently pull the plant upward until the crown of the root is just visible at the gravel surface. I usually have a bucket of aquarium water close by so that I can now submerse the potted plant for a few minutes prior to adding it to the aquarium. This will allow any trapped air to escape and possibly prevent the grief that I was talking about earlier. Now you can place the potted plant into the aquarium and enjoy. The potting soil will give the plant that extra goodness and it shouldn't be too long before the plant begins to thrive and propagate.In the aquascaping world, there are infinite choices regarding aquarium substrate: you can use clay, gravel, sand, ADA’s Aquasoil and many others. In aquascaping especially, your substrate will be fundamental for your end result. Why?, you might ask. Well, let’s ask a few questions first:
You want to use big, beautiful rocks in your tank? A good substrate will help you alleviate the stress on the glass, prevent cracking and make the rocks look more natural.
Do you want big, strong, lush plants and healthy fish swimming by? The proper aquarium substrate will help you nourish your plants and create the necessary chemical balance for both fish and plants.Aqua Soil is a great option for planted aquariums with fish that thrive in softer water and lower pH levels. It has a decent price in terms of its quality and it’s completely organic too. Everyone knows how much I love dirt as my choice of substrate in the planted aquarium. There is so much to love about it. It's cheap, natural, and allows roots to grow easily. You can add your own elements to it. It's just awesome, but someone asked me. "If money was no object, would I use Amano Soil?" Well I haven't ever tried Amano Soil, so it is hard for me to pass judgment on a product that I have never tried. However, I would like to comment on Amano's products. Amano has a great brand presence--and rightfully so. His tanks are amazing. But I feel that they are almost surrounded in a kinda snobby, elitist light. People hold them in such high regard because they are made by the best aquascaper in the world. Overall, Amano has the best planted tanks around, but that doesn't mean that his line of products is truly superior to any other line. I won't pass judgment on his ADA Aqua Soil substrate yet as I haven't tried it. But frankly, I am really interested in seeing what an Amano planted tank would look like side by side with my dirt mix (Obviously I think my dirt is great....and I have backers on this). I really don't want to drop the money on it, as it is over-priced. If I get enough people that say they want to see it, I will do it. My 50/50 tank had a great response so this might be worth trying.