Substrate is the base for owning a successful and healthy planted aquarium. Without good substrate, you’ll struggle to grow beautiful lush plants.
You need to understand the type of plants you want to keep, as they’ll dictate the type of substrate you’ll need.
Aquarium substrate serves several important purposes. Far more than mere decoration, it helps your fish feel more comfortable, especially if they are species that tend to burrow and feed near the bottom of their tank.
Getting the right type of substrate can ensure they have a habitat that will help them prosper. It also encourages the growth of beneficial bacteria, which allows you to build an ecosystem advantageous to the animals and plants you have in your tank. Continue reading