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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-03-2013, 01:16 AM Thread Starter
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Capping Topsoil with ADA Amazonia

I'm planning on setting up a low tech dirted tank. I might put a small diy co2 reactor, not sure yet.

However I would also really like to use ADA Amazonia. Was wondering if i could use ADA to cap my dirt? I would be planting heavily in the beginning with no fish so not too worried about any ammonia spikes or the like.

Just wondering if this setup is feasible or am I just in my own imaginary world?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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Ps - it would be a 55 gallon (if that matters)
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-03-2013, 01:25 AM
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There's no point to use both. Go either soil + inert or all ADA.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-03-2013, 04:55 AM Thread Starter
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Cool I guess I will just do soil with gravel on top.

Just wondering would there be any negatives to capping with ADA other then cost issues? Such as too much nutrients in water column?

Really would like to use ADA but here in Korea its $75 a bag, or something ridiculous like that.

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Cost and ada is very light, and probably won't be good for holding stuff underneath.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-04-2013, 01:03 AM
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Are you stuck on Aquasoil? There are tons of great/similar products in Seoul.

Go hopping around the various pet shops to see what you can find. You'll be surprised.

(My in-laws in Seoul always have the coolest aquatics stuff)
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-05-2013, 06:36 AM Thread Starter
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Ah, I was worried that it would be very light and unable to hold down the top soil. Would the soil get all over the place?

And unfortunately, I'm very stuck on ADA. I've heard so many good things about it and now that I can finally put forth the money to make a tank, I wanted to get some good stuff moving (but all ADA would cost too much)

Most of the things in the area seem to be chinese knockoffs (nothing against chinese, heh) but i guess I should look around a bit more.

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Most the soils you can find aren't just knock-offs - they're different brands. Search local forums to see what people in Seoul are using. Aquasoil isn't necessarily the best. And many of those soils are made in the same factories.

Just do some more research and you'll find dozens of awesome products. Everything from ADA to Hirose to Netlea to non-branded soils. It will be worth it since you can't do 100% ADA soil.
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