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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-24-2013, 03:06 AM Thread Starter
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Is my substrate level fine? please help!

hey all, this is my first ever planted tank, and i want this to be amazing, i am doing the right things in my mind, even though my wallet hurts, i am trying to do everything right the first time and not have issues later.

i bought 5 bags of ADA amazonia, i have a 75 gallon i plan on having heavily planted, i want this to look like a nice show tank! i know, big goals for a first timer.

anyways, i have used 4 of the 5 bags of amazonia so far, with a slope from the left side, i was wondering if this looks ok, or if there is anything different i should do? i still have one bag left and am willing to use if if someone can direct me to make my tank look good!

please ignore the manzanita, i was just playing around and am not sold on that look haha, i have those 3 pieces of manzanita and am not sure how im going to use them yet.

any suggestions or comments very much appreciated!!!

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Try sloping it, more in the back less in the front. Or you could make a "hill" by emphasizing the slope from one corner. I think there's a tad bit too much.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-24-2013, 09:27 AM
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How deep is it? I usually do around 2.5", maybe a bit more towards the back.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-24-2013, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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At the front I just measured and its a tad bit more than 2 inches. In the front


Have some HC im waiting to plant but want my substrate perfect before I do so. So hopefully I can get some advice here fast as my HC is in a Tupperware container haha.
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I've never used ADA's substrates before, but in general that depth is probably ok.
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post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-25-2013, 05:43 AM
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Personally I have 8 inches deep substrate in my 18 gallon planted tank but 3 inches out of it is JBL Proflora and on top 5 inches of JBL Manado.
Depth of yr substrate depends on the type of plants u're planning to keep in yr aquarium. The deep-rooted plants need at least a 6 cm deep substrate (2 to 3 inches).
In my shrimps only aquarium I have ADA Amazonia 1.5 inches coz I do not plan to add deep rooted plants.
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please ignore the manzanita, i was just playing around and am not sold on that look haha, i have those 3 pieces of manzanita and am not sure how im going to use them yet.

any suggestions or comments very much appreciated!!!
I actually like the manzanita, looks amazonian blackwater though, not sure how this configuration would work for a highlight setup. Still like it.
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-29-2013, 07:51 PM
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you can have all the pieces of manzanita pointing down from top corners to the opposite direction and you can make it more of a biotope type tank which would be awesome as well
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