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Old 08-28-2010, 10:34 PM   #1 
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Substrate = Gravel? What is best for live plants?

Title says all. :) What is the difference between Substrate and Gravel, or is there one? What is best for rooting live plants?
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Gravel is substrate.

Substrate is anything you put at the bottom of the tank.

They have some fertilized gravel, though I've never used it..
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Old 08-28-2010, 10:40 PM   #3 
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Benefits from gravel as compared to benefits from sand? Can you have a planted tank with sand? Sand easy to siphon without sucking up the sand? D:

Currently thinking in my head of a 5.5 gallon tank, filtered, heated, and planted. :)
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Old 08-28-2010, 10:43 PM   #4 
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Not sure, all of my tanks are like identical; same gravel; same heater; same filter; same tank; same hiding spot; same plants (java moss and red anubias).

My anubias grows fine in gravel.
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Some substrates are better than others, ones like Fluorite and Eco-complete have nutrients and minerals in them that are good for the plants. Sand is good for rooted plants because it is easier for them to send roots out in than gravel is, BUT it is harder to siphon.

If you use good judgement on fertilizer and water changes a special substrate isn't necessary but it can always help.

I prefer to use Eco-complete in my planted tanks because its gravel-like (which makes it easier to vacuum) and it has the added minerals.

You can also have soil based tanks with gravel or sand caps. A lot of the big planted aquarium people I know like to do Fluorite sand or a sand base and a regular Fluorite cap. I find the fluorite harder to vacuum than E/C
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I want to keep things as simple as possible. lol. I prefer the look of sand tanks but at the same time siphoning... I've seen a few youtube videos of people that siphon and the siphon on my tank isn't strong enough to lift gravel just fish waste so I'm not too sure how to go about things.
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