Decided on Substrate, Weight Guide?

Discussion in 'Substrates' started by Steven E, 23 Nov 2008.

  1. Steven E

    Steven E Newly Registered

    13 Nov 2008
    Hi there,

    I'm setting up a med-high light planted tank, C02, EI or DIY TPN+

    I've been choosing equipment and plants for the last couple of weeks when I picked up my juwel rio 180.

    I've decided to use tropica plant substrate as a 1cm base layer, and will probably go with Hagen Extra Fine Black River Gravel, which is 2-3mm. I'm just trying to figure out two things, 1) What's an ideal depth for this gravel, and 2) How much i'm going to need?

    I can probably get a good idea using the 'Regular Gravel' option on the substrate calculator to get an approximate weight, but can anyone suggest a good depth?

    Thanks very much,
  2. Themuleous

    Themuleous Member

    6 Jul 2007
    Aston, Oxfordshire
    2 to 3 inches is about right. If you slope it from front to back, it help's with the illusion of size, but that does mean you can be left with 1-2" at the front and 4-5" at the back, but that's not a problem.


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