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Old 04-24-2013, 08:59 AM   #11 
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1. Yes and no. Most aquarium substrate marketed as being best for planted aquariums actually have very little value. I have heard the ADA stuff is the best to start with, however it is not the end all of substrates. What actually matters is that you properly fertilize the water column and substrate. Any substrate will eventually become as beneficial as Petco Sand.

In my Evolve 4, I have Petco sand. And my Argentine Swords exploded in growth. I recently rescapped because the swords were so tightly packed. One section had roots at least a foot long. Odd thing is they are not getting taller. In my 30gal at home, I have CarbiSea Floramax, only because it was on sale 50% off.

2. Depends on what you use. The larger sized substrates, like Floramax, will just suck down the sand. But this is as designed. If you went with some sort of Miracle grow mix, yes. In fact I would suggest it.

3. Why would you ever want to remove your filter? It not only gets bad crap out, and keeps good BB in, it also creates water flow.
Well, it says in the NPT sticky that OFL removes her filters from her 10 gallon and under tanks.

She explains that the plants become the filter, if the shrimp, snails and fish are all doing their job.
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Removing your filter is a personal choice, honestly.

After your NPT matures, there isn't a need for one. Your plants *do* become your filter and they're basically starving the BB of any ammonia that they used to utilize. So, in short, the BB will die off anyway. I've kept my filter on my tank because it cost me like 25 dollars and as a college student, I'm not just gonna let that go to waste, haha.

However, my newer 2.5 gallon NPT doesn't and never has had a filter. I'm one month in and I haven't had an ammonia reading yet so I see no use in getting one.

As DefStatic pointed out, the filter does still have some benefits so it's really just up to you.
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Alright, thanks guys. I'll probably just go with Miracle Gro Organic Potting Mix and the black Petco sand cap. I've been looking at a lot of different ways to plant and set them up and I'm pretty confident once I get everything together, I could make a pretty decent 5 gallon NPT. :)
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NPT (natural planted tank) is a soil based tank. anything else like floramax, flourite, ecocomple, ada amazonia... are all aquarium substrates. Plants set upwith these substrates are simply called just that "planted tanks"
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NPT (natural planted tank) is a soil based tank. anything else like floramax, flourite, ecocomple, ada amazonia... are all aquarium substrates. Plants set upwith these substrates are simply called just that "planted tanks"
Yeah, that's what I thought from the sticky. >.>
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