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Old 02-13-2004, 01:52 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Cables would only be helpful if you used substrate additives covered with gravel that has a really low CEC...so with all the new substrates out there with high CECs, cables are becoming a thing of the past!
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Old 02-13-2004, 02:46 AM   #12 (permalink)
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I would only use substrate cables if I couldn't grow anything without them. The frustration incurred the first time I transplanted anything with a root ball would be the end of the cables for me. I won't go into problems they create in warm weather.

I have a 10 gallon on an iron stand under another aquarium. It's about 2 inches above the floor in a house with the thermostat set at 65 in upstate NY and this has been the most brutal January I have seen since being here. The air stratifies somewhat, the floor is not up to 65 by a stretch. The plants for sure have cold feet, but this tank will grow anything I put in it quite well. It is about 2" of quartz gravel with 10% Flourite mixed in over about 2" of Profile, amended only by mulm produced in the aquarium. This is by no means a scientific experiment, but it's more than enough to keep me from ever giving substrate cables a second thought.
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I would like to add my 2 cents. There's so many other better uses that your money could go into... For example, lighting and pressurized co2..
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