What top layer to use with Tropica AquaCare Plant Substrate??

Discussion in 'Substrates' started by Ryan Young, 2 Sep 2015.

  1. Ryan Young

    Ryan Young Member

    17 Jun 2015
    Hey, thanks for reading.
    Basically I want to use Tropica AquaCare Plant Substrate as a bottom layer as it seems to be a cheaper and reliable bottom layer, I am using a brown/red rock, what top layer should I use on a cheaper budget?
    Please attach pictures or links if you can.
  2. ceg4048

    ceg4048 Expert/Global Moderator Staff Member

    11 Jul 2007
    Chicago, USA
  3. alto

    alto Member

    24 Dec 2014
    I used some very fine sand & it layered very nicely ... I basically followed the video "directions" from Tropica: layer Growth Substrate in dry tank, add dry sand etc on top, add small amount of water & plant, then fill tank ...
    I did place a sheet of plastic or paper towel over the substrate (sand), then slowly added water to a few cm's - still no "standing water" but substrate is now damp - quite the easiest way to place each stem etc into the substrate.
    Remember to spray frequently if you're a slow planter or haven't prepped all your plants ahead of time (like me :oops:), then drape sheet/paper etc over plants & fill tank slowly.

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