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Planted Aquarium substrate is by far the most overlooked part of any planted aquarium. I have never understood how people can walk out into their front yard and see grass growing in dirt and then look at their tank with gravel and thing plants are going to grow in it. You wouldn’t by a tree and pour a bag of gravel in the hole you just dug would you? Yes you can get away with fertilizing your tank but that involves doing something, adding something or pouring something in your tank ever day, why not just feed your plants where they eat, what they eat, constantly all of the time? Yes it makes a mess if you screw it up, but it is totally worth it. I have an entire 65 page guide on the subject if you want to check it out you can click the link below and grab your copy of it.


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very true..I too have a planted aquarium and used JBL substrates and when I used ADA step 2 and 3 the plants started to pearl within few minutes…it must be the high quality of ADA…now I wonder what if I had used ADA substrate…I plan to strip my 5 by 2 by 2 feet tank which is now about 2 years old and redo the entire tank..planning to buy ADA substrate and grow dwarf hairgrass as fore ground and with rotellas green and red and alternentha reinicki in the mid and back ground with moss on woods and few hydrocotyle around… Plant gravel or sand allows aquarium plant roots to spread for a firm hold & to get nutrients. You can use Flourite & Eco Complete in planted aquariums.
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Gravel is one of the most common substrates for freshwater aquariums. This substrate is cheap and easy to use in the tank. Plain and uncoated gravel between one to three millimeters in size is suitable. Gravel size should not exceed 5 millimeters. Gravel should be free from any kind of chemicals because they can be toxic for the fish. Your surface should be covered with peat moss or laterite layer and the gravel should be placed on top of this layer; these under layers provide the necessary nutrients for your plants. The gravel should cover the roots of the plants. Nevertheless, the cheapest gravel will not contribute to plant growth; plants need iron (Fe) to grow. A high-quality substrate will provide the proper iron needed for the plants. Therefore, a combination of gravel and commercially ready (eco-complete) substrate is a good choice for plant growth in the aquarium.I figured it was time to make the Big Change and remove the existing Under Gravel Filter (UGF) and start off on the right foot for a more healthy planted tank. Originally this tank was "converted" into a planted tank from an existing fully funcional aquarium. The UGF was allready there as it has been in all my tanks for the last 20 years of my extensive fishkeeping. has an extensive usage in planted aquariums, yet is not suitable for delicate roots. The substrate is porous clay gravel, light and loose,which differs from common gravel. Although Fluorite is more expensive than gravel and sand, the substrate contains high amounts of iron. It is possible to use Fluorite for a long time without needing to change it. A mixture of gravel, sand, and fluorite can be used in a planted aquarium though it is recommended to rinse fluorite substrate before using.Second, to choose a substrate for your fish tank, you must look at what type of aquarium you have.
For ordinary freshwater home aquariums without live plants or bottom feeders, any kind of aquarium substrate available at pet shops will do. will work just fine, and it is the cheapest. You may choose any color you like. I recommend small sized gravel as it will make less room for the fish poop to get through, and it is easier to clean with an .