Okay Substrate For Plants

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Rtessy said:
That's what I have now and it's really just not working, I don't want to try sand anymore
Ok sorry I didn’t catch that when I was reading the messages... could it have something to do with your lighting? What type of light are you using
 
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kallililly1973 said:
Ok sorry I didn’t catch that when I was reading the messages... could it have something to do with your lighting? What type of light are you using
No problem, you're not the only one, lol. My main issue is that my fish are dying, I've changed literally everything except the substrate, so I'm going to scrap and try again.

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I've used Eco Complete for years now. It tends to maintain its nutrient content quite well,especially for root feeders...
Thanks!! I may just go with funky gravel + eco complete + root tabs
Depends on how much $$$ I end up having on me, lol
 

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I have eco in a 90 and I am now growing the plants in it in pots with sand and gravel. I call it eco completely useless!! Plain 1/8” gravel is the best stuff. Been using it 40 yrs it works! Yes I use ferts. For good and steady plant growth they are a must. Root tabs under sword plants. Also have dwarf Lillie’s in tanks.
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My eco tank below.
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Alrighty! I'll probably go with just gravel, since eco complete seems 50/50, and it'll be easier to set up
 
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I just really don't want to use sand, too difficult to clean atm
 
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This will be a lot more difficult than I thought
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The new water is just cloudy, and I couldn't get all the substrate up, there's still some dirt. Will this be harmful? also I think I may have to leave them in a small pool gallon container overnight, because I don't feel comfortable putting them in water this cloudy
 

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Rtessy said:
Sorry for the 40000 questions I asked today, trying to get everything together.
I need to redo the substrate on my betta imbellis tank, may eventually make it high tech, but not for a year or so.
I need a substrate that will work for a water lily, Amazon sword, vals, banana plant, etc etc root feeders.
What is the best to use that is also around $20? Are there any light colored ones? I'd prefer a lighter colored one, but I'm not sure.
Currently planning on EI dosing, pH is low, 6-6.6, sometimes lower, no kH.
I use a 1/2" layer of red lava sand and capped it with Seachem Flourite Black. They also make a red version.
 
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