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What Substrate for a Planted Aquarium? Plants 101 - YouTube
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Welcome to the Aquatic Plant Substrates superstore! For those aquarium hobbyists who prefer living plants to artificial decorations, we have the perfect solution for your plants' growing needs. Our selection of specially formulated aquatic plant planting mediums has the substrate you need to give your plants the anchor and nutrients they need to flourish. These aquatic substrates are loaded with beneficial minerals and purifying bacteria that will support your plants' continued growth, both by providing needed minerals and converting fish waste into viable plant fertilizer.
I've read that you need a substrate in order for plants to grow, so how do I add substrate/clay/soil to an aquarium already full of fish?
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I hope this analysis and overview has provided a good startingpoint for a successful planted aquarium. Regardless of data or arguments,it is still up to the individual to decide what's best for their needs.I have grown plants in sand, gravel, Flourite, and litter. All substratesgave good growth, given all other parameters were optimal. It's true somewere more attractive, had higher iron levels, or contained more organicmatter, but all can be utilized if set up and maintained properly. I talk about all different types of substrate for a planted aquarium
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Aquarium substrates, the gravels and sands of tankbottoms, perform several functions in planted tanks; as root anchors,ballast for weighing down nutritive soil, possibly acting as buffers,mineral sources, even inorganic catalysts! Heck, they also make thesystem a lot more natural and attractive. Imagine tanks with barebottoms; no thanks.How do you achieve some sort of uniformity in sizing ofsubstrate particulates? Either through buying it pre-graded or doing ityourself. You can buy or make two sieve-meshed screens that will removethe bigger/smaller pieces; and while you're at it let's mention. Concurrent with grading you may washthe new substrate, or utilize my favorite method, a batch (about ten pounds) at a time in anaquarium-dedicated plastic bucket with a garden hose, pouring it outand re-rinsing till clear. Wash all substrates, new or used beforeplacing them in your system.Substrates are important; their depth, size, granuleshape and composition can make or break an otherwise ideal live plantset-up. Here are my ideas on what to look for and avoid in choosing andusing aquarium sand and gravel for the aquatic gardener.The substrate you plant in your aquarium needs to be carefully selected. Think about what you need your tank to represent. Should your substrate be penetrable? Will it provide enough nutrition for the living aquatic creatures to survive? Will it provide enough support for your plants and other objects you would want to add to the tank?Just like your house plants, what you "plant" them in can be very important because that is where many varieties of plants draw their nutrients from. When choosing your substrate you must consider the types of plants you are interested in growing and know their needs. There are a few varieties of plants that could care less what the roots are in because they get very little nutrition from the roots and only use their roots to anchor them whereas other aquatic plants rely heavily on the root systems and a quality substrate for nutrients. Later on I will list some varieties of plants that need a quality substrate and some that do not.An eco-complete substrate such as the is also a great natural looking substrate to use in planted aquariums. It also lasts long and contains all the nutrients plants and your aquatic creatures require for thriving and growing.