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Cheap, but GOOD, substrate for a 5.5g planted tank
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And while it’s both cheap and attractive, it does have its problems. The major problem you will face is the sand becoming compacted over time. This makes it very difficult for plants to root in the soil, and you will need to regularly stir up the sand. Adding can help with this problem, and if you don’t mind the sight of snails in your aquarium, I recommend adding them to any tank that has a sand substrate.
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With substrate being so important and gravel being one of the cheapest elements of a home aquarium, picking up a bag will easily help your tank. There are some differences in gravel you must take into account. 7 Results - Great but Cheap Aquarium Substrate Sand, Cheap Home & Garden,Decorations,Figurines & Miniatures,Stones, as well as Cheap and more!
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An aquarium doesn’t have to have gravel or sand, but for appearances, giving your animal a more natural setting, and a place for harboring beneficial bacteria, most aquarists buy substrate. Aquarium gravel is not that expensive to begin with, but there is a cheaper alternative for those buying in bulk. Pea gravel is often used for landscaping, but it is safe for aquariums. A lot of stores, like Menards and Lowe's, will have pea gravel; compared to the weight and cost ratio, you are getting more for your buck than in pet stores. So if setting up a natural-looking environment, pea gravel is definitely the way to go; the gravel is earth-toned with a mixture of off-white, brown, and grey pebbles.I should mention that it seems to me that substrate aeration is not needed for the tanks that I set up, but they are all fairly young. The two-level substrate I use seems to allow an aerated space on top with lower nutrients and a rich, fine grained low aeration section on the bottom for those roots which care to penetrate. I should also mention that the internet is another great place to get accurate (but not always accurate) aquatic plant info besides TAG. A wealth of information is available from the World Wide Web site , which contains mainly archives of quality postings to the *.aquaria newsgroups from the past. Now here is an outline of how I set up and maintain healthy tanks cheaply and easily, listed by subject.There has been some debate that it's the same (or near enough to be the same) as Soil Master Select or another brand I can't think of right now. If you have access to SMS it would be cheaper than the aquariumplants substrate. With free shipping it sounds like a pretty good deal.The most common mistake made by beginners is to get the cheapest gravel they can find and a month later we ask ourselves why the plants are not growing well. A good quality substrate can be costly but will pay off in the end. All plants need a supply of Iron (Fe) to grow. Substrates such as and provide a long lasting supply of Fe to the plants through the roots. While each of these products can be costly per bag to buy, it provides you the best start to growing nice plants. I personally have used both with great success. Plants "will" grow in your average but the size of the gravel is very important. It needs to be a finer grain in size and it will also need to be fertilized to provide the nutrients to the plants. I would suggest a layer of peat and Laterite under regular aquarium gravel or sand to provide the Fe needed by the plants. When using this method you must take care not to disturb this layer over time. If it is disturbed and allowed to enter the water column you could create "nuisance algae" problems.