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Re: Better substrate for freshwater plants, Sand or Gravel?
I have both actually. My 125gal has sand substrate and my 10 gal has gravel. My plants grow well in my sand tank but the roots aren't as strong. I noticed that the root structure is much better in my gravel tank. If you do decide to go with a sand substrate tank I suggest going to your local pool supplier (if one is available) and purchasing sand from them. Canister filters for pools use sand and it works really well as substrate and it's super cheap!
125 gallon community, planted and driftwood. 1 bala shark, 9 roselines, 3 tiger barbs, 4 rasbora tetras, 5 lemon tetras, 5 diamond tetras, 1 clown loach, 1 bristlenose pleco, 1 dwarf bristle nose pleco, 1 albino rainbow shark, 2 bamboo shrimp, 1 siamese flying fox, 4 cardinal tetras, 2 jurapari and , 2 electric blue rams.
10 gallon:10 red cherry shrimp, 1 crystal red shrimp, 100 snails and 5 assassin snails (hopefully no longer 100 snails) and various plants