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    Question Substrate

    I am going to be moving to Sandy Springs this year. Thus I will be setting up another planted tank.

    I was wondering what is a good substrate to grow Lilaeopsis, micro sword ?

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    I prefer sand with root tabs. Either pool filter or black diamond blasting sand.

    A lot of people like dirted, but I rearrange too much for that. It can get stirred up too easy. There are others that have fertilizer in them.


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    Interesting! I didn't think anything would grow in black diamond blasting sand. What Ferts do u dose? Got a link to the tank.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hilde View Post
    Interesting! I didn't think anything would grow in black diamond blasting sand. What Ferts do u dose? Got a link to the tank.
    The one I just quoted you in is bdbs. I use nilocg dry ferts that I mix up. Their Thrive C product would work if I didn’t have so many dang tanks. Go to nilocg.com and hit me up if any questions. It was a big step for me to change to dry ferts, but once I did, it got easy fast.

    For root tabs, I have used seachem flourish and nilocg. I think I like the seachem better.

    Here is another one that has lots of plants in bdbs.

    https://youtu.be/KIyPgLQQM_g


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    And here is my 120g that has pool filter sand.




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    Thank you tfreema!

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    Where did you buy the black diamond blasting? sand?

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    Tractor supply. Get medium grit.


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    Googling it prices were $25 for #10. Remembed had used it in 2010. Looked on addresses spread sheet and saw a notation on Northern Tool for it. Only found coal slag $25 for #10 on their website. Just called northern tool co and it is on sale for 4.99.
    Last edited by Hilde; 07-13-2019 at 09:51 AM. Reason: Text

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    Googling it prices were $25 for #10. Remembed had used it in 2010. Looked on addresses spread sheet and saw a notation on Northern Tool website for it. In store have it 4.99 but only the fine grit. Guess I will have to go to tractor co. It is 29 miles from me but worth the drive, for $8.99
    Last edited by Hilde; 07-13-2019 at 10:34 AM.

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