Hey guy's new to the forums I thought id finally sign up and try to get a few questions iv'e been having problems with answered. I own a 30 gallon tank and would like to try a planted tank this time instead of the normal plastic plants and disco gravel we all seem to have grown up with.
Iv'e done quite a bit of research and nothing iv'e seen has really answered my question about substrate ive seen people using special dirt and sand a mix of both some larger gravel everything. But i went to a few of my local aquarium supply stores and they want $35 for a small 5 pound bag of these dirt balls i guess you could call them and im on a bit of a budget.
I watched on video of a guy that uses 100% Organic Potting soil and covers it with play sand. Im not trying to grow alot of plants i mainly would like to get the entire floor covered with either Hemianthus Callitichoides or Eleocharis Acicularis. And a few other larger plants.
So if i went. The organic soil then the play sand (Washed of course) them planted the plants and waited like a month before adding any fish do you guys see any problems with this? Shoudl i buy anything to add to the soil? Help would really be appreciated
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I have used black eco-complete in all of my planted tanks. I love the look of it and it is hassle free. A 30 gallon tank would take two bags, costing around $20-30 per bag, so it is a little on the expensive side. A cheaper idea is to use clay kitty litter. There is a user on here who swears by it.