Adding Nutritious Substrate On Top Of An Established Tank

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I have setup a planted aquarium, but because I didn't know it in the beginning I didn't use special nuritious substrate for my aquarium.
As you can see the aquarium from the picture, I have guppies and other ones like snails. I used for my tank while setting the tank. But now I understand that for planted aquarium I should have put nutritious for plant growth in the basis. Now it is very difficult for me to take everything out and do from scratch. So if I put beneficial substrate for plants on top of the gravel which is just inside the aquarium? Would it still be beneficial for plants? For instance If I put eco-complete on top of the hagen gravel I am now using would it be OK for planted aquarium? in1.jpg Or is it necessary to take out hagen gravel and put other substrate and on top of it again I should put the former gravel? And which substrate or gravel do you advise for planted aquarium? Or How should I make the soil for planted aquarium?
 

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You can try root tabs. Just bury them around the planted area.
 

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Someone here suggested me to get the substrate and soak it in water. Then put it in ice cube tray and freeze. In this way you can add the frozen ice cubes under the gravel without creating too much mess in the aquarium. Just make sure to add just couple of cubes a time to not mess with the water temperature too much
 

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Eco complete isn't really that nutritious, it's like gravel that has some minerals in it but not all the important macro nutrients. If you use soil I recommend draining the tank and completely replacing the substrate. I understand that it takes more work, but it'll look better and the plants will appreciate it. Otherwise, root tabs are an option
 
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