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Grow-Pro: Freshwater Planted Aquarium Substrate
Grow-Pro: Freshwater Planted Aquarium Substrate

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Product Code: SS

Color Choice:

Substrate Color*:
Natural Amazon [Add $5.00]
Red River [Add $5.00]
SBS (Soft Belly Soil) [Add $10.00]

Bucket Size*:
1 Gallon [Add $22.99]
2 Gallon [Add $32.99]
3 Gallon [Add $48.99]
4 Gallon [Add $64.99]
5 Gallon [Add $79.99]
6 Gallon [Add $94.99]

Description Technical Specs
Used as a complete system with our exclusive: AquaFertz.com "Substrate Vitalization System", (and proper water conditions, lighting etc), we guarantee total success of your planted aquarium. (if you follow our recommendations and purchase your equipment & plants from us)

sk our tech guys if you have the proper water conditions & lighting etc.

All natural. No artificial coloring. Contains minerals and nutrients and rich in iron. Provides optimum fresh water aquatic plant growth. Used with our exclusive "Aquariumplants.com's own Substrate Fertilizer Pellets" we GUARANTEE success. NEW: 3 colors to choose from; Black Diamond, Natural Amazon, Red River. Will not break down or dissolve or turn to mud like others do. Does not cloud water outperforms ALL other planted substrates (guaranteed). We use this with all of our shrimp. No copper.
Granular Size: 1.2mm to 2.8mm

We recommend that you rinse the Grow-Pro substrate once before use. The objective is to remove only the fine powder that is a byproduct of when the granules are machine ground. Before filling your aquarium with water, place a piece of cardboard or plastic on top of the substrate to deflect the water as you pour it in. This will prevent the water from churning up the substrate and clouding the water.

The more you rinse the substrate, the more of the fines you are removing. These fines are more readily available to the root of the plant. Thus, rinsing them away is disadvantageous.

NEVER attempt to add substrate to an aquarium that is already filled with water. What will happen is the substrate will stratisfy or layer. The heavy granules will settle at the bottom and the lighter granules will settle at the top.

There are 60,000 customers currently using this substrate with great success. When used correctly with the AquaFertz pellets, no other product will give these results. This is a guarantee.

How do I calculate how much I need for my aquarium?
  • 5 gallon bucket will cover: 4 sq ft at a depth of 3"
  • Equivalent to 6 bags of "eco-complete !
  • Approx 1.25 gallons of substrate per square foot. (note: if you slope or create hills, you will need to order more)
  • EXAMPLE: 55g tank measures 48"L x 12"W. Divide each measurement by 12 to convert to feet. Then take L x W to get area. Multiply that by 1.25 to get gallons of substrate.
  • (48L x 12W)/12= (4L x 1W) = 4sqft > 4 x 1.25= 5 Gallons

In comparison to "Eco-complete": Eco-complete takes 120 lbs (6 bags) to cover the same area, at a cost of over $180.00 !!! Shipped in a FREE bucket...great to keep around for water changes etc.
NEW*** 3 Color Options to choose from:
Black Diamond
Natural Amazon
Red River

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 26 Write a review.

  4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
BEST SUBSTRATE EVER!!!!! October 13, 2016
Reviewer: SUE H from OAK RIDGE, NJ United States  
I have a dirted/Eco-Complete in a 55. Decent growth, but sooooo mirky when moved. I started my new 75 with Grow-Pro this summer. I gave it a simple rinse, put in tank, and the water was crystal clear within the hour. The substrate is a nice size, good color, siphons easily, and roots the plants thoroughly. It's not too heavy so it doesn't pack down too tightly and trap air gasses either. If you price out the bags of the other plant substrates--especially with shipping--this one wins every time.
The 55 has same light PLUS CO2 and the 75 has some of the same plants growing BETTER!  I am about to start a third tank (a tall one) with the apons that outgrew the 75. I will definitely be using this substrate in that tank and all tanks going forward!

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  6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
AquaDurt.com:Freshwater Planted Aquarium Substrate August 6, 2013
Reviewer: Mike & Gerri from Beausejour, MB Canada  
Bought 5 gal pail for new set up of a 55 gal acrylic aquarium. Make sure you rinse the substrate well before you install it in your aquarium. it may still cloud but will clear in about 12 hours. Had some fine coating on inside surface of the tank but it cleaned easily with a soft cloth. Plants I put in are doing great (new shoots within 2- 3 days on all of my plants).Tank is crystal clear. Substrate is a nice black and contrasts well with my plants. Do not worry if it does not look vey black when dry, it will darken when you wet it. Very happy!!!!

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  4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
substrate June 10, 2013
Reviewer: Rebecca from Indianapolis, IN United States  
I've purchased both the amazon and the soft belly soil. I was pleasantly surprised with how generous the "3 gallons" amount was. I don't know if they pack it down and it loosened during shipping or what, but it was almost twice the amount I needed for a 20H each time. This substrate rinses off quite easily and is not very dusty. Particles of both kinds are very light if you compare it to Seachem's florite. My plants seem to root into it just as well, but it is easy to blow around.

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  2 of 2 people found the following review helpful:
black diamond substract August 8, 2012
Reviewer: Dorothy Smith from Byhalia, MS United States  
Ordered 3 gallons for my tank.  My cories love this.  Nice texture, didn't raise any of my levels and plants look great.

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  5 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
Best deal June 5, 2012
Reviewer: Robert Trainer from courtland, AL United States  
I Bought a three gallon bucket of the soft belly soil. I Love it! there are different shades in the soil that give it such an awesome look. My plants are rooting nicely and my angelicus loach are in heaven. I will definitely buy more for my 125 gallon very soon. Although be aware this for fish that dig, so it's light. A power head will blow it around.

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