Planting substrate can have a dual purpose. It provides a base for plants in your aquarium but it can also be a source of nutrients and essential elements to ensure that your beautiful plants stay that way.
We have a broad range of substrates that provide colour and substance to your tank whilst also nourishing the plants. Some can be mixed with gravel but many can be used alone.
For example, the JBL Aqua Basis Plus provides an excellent base for plants. It does not need any additional gravel, and contains all the essential nutrients without algae's favourite elements phosphate and nitrate. Many contain clay which retains water and ensures the roots are always well supplied with nutrients. Seachem Flourite is a clay based substrate that contains a huge amount of necessary elements to boost plant life.