I would use the old sponge out of the filter lol, but I don't run a filter in the other tank. Just a powerhead and lots of plants. I don't think it's the newest stuff from ADA. I got this substrate about a year and a half ago, but just got to use it. It's a long story. But it's Amazonia II I believe.
gotta go to bed.....hopefully dreams of fully planted tank with spreading glosso and healthy C. Helferi.......plus the tank looks like it needs a red plant, no? Goodnight all, and thanks for all the advice and help, it is much appreciated for sure. I will come back and comment tomorrow.