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    what is your go to planted tank substrate?
    i use the Fluval Plant and Shrimp Stratum. Thats my favorite because it doesnt really cloud up the water and my plants do pretty well with the fertilizer even my red plants color up well without me adding liquid fertilizer. Checkout my plants :)
    But i feel the the fluval sub is kind of expensive if u have a big tank.
    what is a good budget substrate? how deep is your substrate? i keep mine at least 1"-1.5"

    I use the JC&P light $26 usd from Amazon
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    Your plants look amazing.

    For cheap, clean substrate that grows plants well, I use this: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Quikrete...5350/202314677
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    I've used Black Diamond blasting sand and the Quickrete Slap mentioned above with ok results. They're good for really large tanks on a budget but they are inert and need lots of fertilizer supplementation. If you're ok with routinely adding root tabs and dosing the tank they are fine, but they are at the bottom of the planted tank ladder.

    I've also used ADA Aquasoil, which is pricey but it is my favorite for planted tanks. Lush carpets, explosive growth, and it is an active soil that buffers your pH and helps keep it on the acidic side which most plants, inverts, and fish in the hobby prefer. The downsides, besides price, is that a) you can't really rinse it (the soil/clay balls will disintegrate) prior to putting it in your tank so it makes things cloudy for a day or two, and b) it tends to leach out ammonia for a few weeks. Neither of which is really an issue if you're cycling the tank for a few weeks anyway. Aquasoil is very similar to your Fluval Stratum.

    I liked Eco Complete's ability to grow plants but I did not care for how sharp the rubble was. Whenever I tried turning up the water flow, the stems of my more delicate plants tended to get torn up pretty good.

    I also used organic garden soil with a thick layer of Flourite capping it and got the most amazing growth I've ever had. Full carpet of dwarf hairgrass within three weeks. Problem was I had a huge problem with the soil clouding up the water during that time. I was doing 100% water changes right down to the soil about two or three times a week to try clearing up the tank. In hind sight it would have been much better mixing the Flourite with the soil, then capping with sand. I believe the Flourite was just a poor capping choice since the rubble/gravel sized grains just allowed too much stuff to seep out of the soil into the water column.

    How long have you had the light and how long have you had the plants? I'm actually quite amazed that you have red plants with such a light fixture. Most people can't get deep reds unless they have really stong light with a healthy spectrum. I'm going to have to look more into your light if it is such a little powerhouse :)

    Edit: Forgot to add, I generall aim for 3-4" of substrate. I get much stronger and fuller root bases with deeper substrate.
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    I agree--your plants look great!

    All my tanks have an inch of Miracle Grow Organic Choice soil (or similar--no chemicals or added fertilizers) capped by an inch or two of sand, either black blasting sand, pool filter sand, or play sand, depending on the color I want and what's available. All of my tanks have been set up for at least two years and the plants are still going strong!

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    I have a couple planted tank my biggest planted tank was a 30" long 30 gallon and i only have regular gravel. It was a beginner mistake but i have success growing all of the plants because there were a decent amount of fish waste collected in the gravel and plus i have co2 tank.

    But for the more sensitive plants like the tank picture above. I would rather have a good substrate so nothing goes wrong
    i does copper once or twice a week and micro and macro nutrient for that tank. and i also do trimming to keep the plant in their own area. That picture was 3 months old

    how do i upload picture with a reply message? i want to show u the tank transformation

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    for a moment

    Is this same tank that you were trying to control the planaria? You'd mentioned previously that your shrimp population was suffering.

    Quote Originally Posted by lampro View Post
    copper once or twice a week
    Copper kills shrimp.

    This might be a different tank of yours altogether, but I wanted to point this out, just in case you were not aware. Also (in case you are in fact talking about 2 separate tanks) be mindful of cross contamination whenever you share any equipment between the tanks.


    I use tapatalk (app) to post photos to the forum. Generally, I start a post using the computer, then use my phone with the app to edit in the photo. Hope that method proves helpful to you. I'd love to see your tank transformation shots!
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    Wow I also agree, your plants look incredible. Maybe try using the plant stratum you have in places around your plants for a large tank? Like islands?

    I use organic soil and cap with PFS and a sprinkle of pea gravel. I like a 2-6 inch dirt bed and an inch cap. I've had some tanks going like that for 5 years without revamping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RiversGirl View Post
    for a moment

    Is this same tank that you were trying to control the planaria? You'd mentioned previously that your shrimp population was suffering.



    Copper kills shrimp.

    This might be a different tank of yours altogether, but I wanted to point this out, just in case you were not aware. Also (in case you are in fact talking about 2 separate tanks) be mindful of cross contamination whenever you share any equipment between the tanks.


    I use tapatalk (app) to post photos to the forum. Generally, I start a post using the computer, then use my phone with the app to edit in the photo. Hope that method proves helpful to you. I'd love to see your tank transformation shots!
    Very insightful Rivers!!! Hope that's the answer to the mystery shrimp deaths. I meant to add this as an edit, but edit wasn't working well.
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