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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-16-2013, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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Easiest substrate for a noob?

I have a 5.5 gallon and I'd like to put a bunch of plants in it for my newest fish Peanut. I have plants in my other tanks but would really like to try out a npt.
What do you think is the easiest/best soil and cap? And will I be able to put Peanut back in his tank the same day?
I have a hood on the way and already have a 6500k bulb and seachem flourish and will look into getting some snails.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-16-2013, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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Can I just use something like this? Is it better to get soil? Confused.

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I bought organic miracle gro potting soil and crabworx fine black gravel. Hoping the gravel works out ok. I have some plants and more on the way..
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-18-2013, 03:40 AM
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i would wait up to a week to put fish in.there will be a large ammonia spike you will have to tend to first with a few water changes.test your water.make sure you are heavily planting the tank.you should only see 10-15 percent of substrate.alot of info can be found at thebarrreport.com.this is tom barrs' website.if you love planted tanks this site is a must.there is also a sticky at the top of the betta forum you are on about npts.

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Thanks for all the info, sandy!
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 10-21-2013, 05:37 PM
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I'm not fan of NPT. I use Eco-Complete and I never had a problem. But the stuff is very expensive. Here's a link below.

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...fm?pcatid=9087
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Thanks, I was considering that too. Can I ask why you're not a fan of the npt?
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I never try it but I hear it's messy. I never had that problem with eco
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There is a break in period with NPT, I use Eco-Complete also not being a plant person it just seemed the best choose personally

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I love my NPT. Surprisingly clean and in my opinion the best environment for fish.
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