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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-30-2012, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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How much Aqua Soil - Power Sand - Powder?

I've been to adgshop.com and found their recommendations for how much Power Sand, Aqua soil, and top layer powder but I find the amounts to be excessive compared to others recommendations. (see attached capture) I don't want to over purchase so as a last effort I am asking for your recommendations for my 55 gallon tank.

I plan on having an average of 2 to 3 inches of total substrate. I've read the Power Sand Special is good to use but wonder how it compares to plain old Peat Moss? Is it worth the money?

Also, I've read the powder finish is nice to have. How thick does it need to be?

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Those recommendations are dead on including a slope. I can only tell you from my experience that the full Ada substrate system is incredible


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Dont bothet with power sand or powder
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It's really a great system. Power Sand just employs the use of larger sized porous particles to facilitate better water movement within the substrate. Roots grow into it and oxygenate it as well so the bacteria are good to go. I personally use it in my setups but some people don't care for it.
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If you are planting HC powder sand makes a huge difference. I have planted both with power sand and no powers and, and I have seen a big difference, if you can afford the full system go for it, but you will happy either way


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Thanks!

I appreciate your recommendations. It seems no matter which products of their system I decide to use, I will be happy. Thanks again and Happy Holidays!

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