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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-20-2004, 02:57 AM Thread Starter
Rolo
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I'm looking into the "Amano" approach to substrates.

He uses his own product called power sand, which I think most of you are familiar of, but probably have never used it since it isn't available in N. America. . Basically it is primarily composed of peat and pumice with a few other additives. It is most commonly used as the bottom layer, usually placed under Aqua Soil (another ADA product?), or some other baked clay substrate like fluorite. I found this quote on another forum talking about it benefits:

Quote:
...semi-organic mix with mostly pumice and peat. The combination is powerful in that you establish a nutrient storehouse that can recycle nutrients and provide an optimum [acidic] environment in the substrate solution.
And of course, Amano uses it so it must be good. .

Just wondering if anyone has tried making their own power sand or know of any sites that provide the how to.

Thanks!
Chris
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