I recently bough this Soil, as required dirt for aquarium (i don't know how to say in your language that desn't mix with specific kind of dirt, but the thing that root of plant live within). Here are some images: The Substrate Brand and packaging

The Substrate Usage Details

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The seller said it's good foryour plants , and it contains muck(or equivalent), and it help my plants. I have 90WX30dX40h tank, which is filled with semi small and big grit, with height of around 2 or 3 centimeter. small filter inside tank that contains nothing special, soon will add a hanging on small filter, which may fill some part of it with bacterial things(which i don't now about), and remove one sheet of active coil due to that.

Ok back to aquarium soil... first... is this alone enough for aquarium? i didn't find any tutorial, or one that i find and randomly it was also in stackexchange, it used too many special word, which is unknown for me, made it very hard, second, i have very low budget and aquarium stuff are very expensive toward my earning. Ok so the question are: 1. It says for typical 60CM tank (57L) recommanded usage is 8~11, so my tank recommendation should be around 15~20, but the package says it's one litre (first i filled most of the tank with grit and i have low budget), so does this enough for not too many plant (i mean buy providing requirment, not keeping the root of plants)? 2.can it fill the cover the floor(90X30) how many more do i need to reach the need(due low budget), not recommendation? 3.do i need to use any thing else beside it (hope fully non expensive stuff)? 4.does it hurt for fish or snail? 5.where should it be? below or top of grit? 6.it says it help bacteries, but does it provide a place for them to live or i still need other things for that(and again below or on top?) 7.i have two big and a very small air stone, which i put them at the very buttom, and i like to hide them, does they hurt these soil? the package seem to be wet inside and have steam on it.

Here is some photo from my aquarium to specify the grit i used, or filter, or cooling, ...:

the grit i used My whole aquarium The filter i talked about, previously used with very smaller tank

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For my first tank I also bought some kind of soil and used it as a layer in the grit. Because the producer said it was very good for the plants and I did not have any experience.

Meanwhile I do not use it any longer (and do not know anybody else who uses it...) since it is quite expensive and when I compare my diverse tanks I do not see a big difference. The information on the packing says it does not change the quality of the water so I would not expect any problems or that it will reduce pH-measurement. So I think it is ok to use it - beside the fact that you usually put it in the grit when establishing a new aquarium before you put the water in...

But if you want to keep just "common fishes" like betta, guppy, platys, neons, catfishes... and plants and do not want to spent much money I would recommend next time to buy plants which are easy to keep.

After some years of trial I can tell you that there are really differences - some need to be replaced after a couple of weeks, others last years and grow without any special care. For instance I made good experience with small varieties of vallisneria (fast-growing), Java fern and especially anubias (slow-growing) for smaller tanks.

  • i didn't saw them around, the plant, and the last one one the internet, so expensive comparing to other... and i did, i use strong plants, but at first i gave them nothing, so my red plant loss all their leaf, but it seems, it's grawing after, buy, and again chang the lights. one of my job partners, friend had aquarium shop, and look, they are not noob as much as the other i met before:D so he said, 1 isn't enough, so i have to put it in corner, so i don't mix it with my grit, so i can remove them later, and replace with soil or other stuff. and i did, and he said i need at last 10 litre of it Commented Jul 28, 2016 at 3:47
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    I had also problems with red plants. They look very nice but died after a while. I read in a book that they need special light conditions and fertiliser. Fiinally I decided I am more interested in fishes than in plants and took what is growing without any care at all. But anyway I wish you good luck with your attempt.
    – ladybug
    Commented Jul 28, 2016 at 7:27

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