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Old 10-29-2011, 06:37 AM   #1 
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Lightbulb Substrate??

Heyy I want to start a planted tank and I want to know what substrate to use. I am planning to use java moss or dwarf hair grass or Japanese hair grass. I have a ten gallon tank filtered heated and lighted. So what substrate is best?
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Old 10-29-2011, 06:59 AM   #2 
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The best I have used is the 'Eco-complete' brand. But! What I have found in my experience is that lighting is the most important factor in using live plants. My planted amazon tank is filled with 'hard' to keep plants in regular sand substrate, and very little fertilizer added, and no CO2. Fish poo, little fertilizer, and GOOD lights! And ALWAYS pull dead leaves when you see them. Don't let rot spread!
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Old 10-29-2011, 10:06 AM   #3 
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Unsure about the others.. but Java moss doesn't need any substrate at all, so you could do as you please and still have a healthy plant =) It's very easy to care for.
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Old 10-29-2011, 10:12 AM   #4 
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The best I have used is the 'Eco-complete' brand. But! What I have found in my experience is that lighting is the most important factor in using live plants. My planted amazon tank is filled with 'hard' to keep plants in regular sand substrate, and very little fertilizer added, and no CO2. Fish poo, little fertilizer, and GOOD lights! And ALWAYS pull dead leaves when you see them. Don't let rot spread!
I agree with this. I use poolfilter sand and my plants are doing nicely. All I have is a 15 watt 6500k light over my 10 gallon..I dose water column fertilizer every other week.I have mainly stem plants though..If you get heavy root feeders like swords or cryptocoryn (sp?) then you might want to get root tabs if you dont go with a substrate such as eco complete or flourite.
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Old 10-29-2011, 12:24 PM   #5 
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Since you want a carpeting plant, as seen in your other thread I would suggest doing a NPT. Basically 2 inches of organic potting soil, and on top of that add in 1 inch of either sand or fine gravel, this should help your plants grow really well.
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