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bluestems 09-02-2012 09:05 PM

mekong sand over amazonia?
 
Can I use 1/4" or so of mekong sand over amazonia substrate?

I'll be planting dwarf hair grass, hc and possibly another plant.

somewhatshocked 09-02-2012 09:15 PM

First: Why would you put sand over expensive ADA Amazonia?

That out of the way - sand will eventually settle beneath it.

bluestems 09-02-2012 09:24 PM

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Originally Posted by somewhatshocked (Post 1999314)
First: Why would you put sand over expensive ADA Amazonia?

I've heard the new amazonia II muddies the water. I used to use aquarium sand/gravel over soil to keep it from muddying the water, and wondered if I could do the same with this. I also prefer the look of the sand as the top layer. :icon_cool

aweeby 09-03-2012 12:16 AM

Why not just use regular soil if you are going to cap it?
And, why not just use pool filter sand? That's way cheaper.

bluestems 09-03-2012 03:01 AM

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Originally Posted by aweeby (Post 1999505)
Why not just use regular soil if you are going to cap it?

I'm using ADA because of the composition not for aesthetics. ;)

tropicalmackdaddy 09-03-2012 03:03 AM

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Originally Posted by bluestems (Post 1999646)
I'm using ADA because of the composition not for aesthetics. ;)

Im curious, whats in mekong sand thats not in regular?

bluestems 09-03-2012 03:06 AM

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Originally Posted by tropicalmackdaddy (Post 1999647)
Im curious, whats in mekong sand thats not in regular?

Nothing, that I'm aware of. The soil was the reference in the quote.



Has anyone used sand over ada soil? I'd appreciate feedback on that. :icon_cool

somewhatshocked 09-04-2012 01:28 PM

People don't cap pelletized soil products with sand, typically, because the sand will settle beneath the soil.

Mineralized Top Soil or standard organic top soil that people use works just as well as the ADA products if you plan to cap. Otherwise, ADA products are best used as the only substrate in the tank (additives of your choice not included).

Quote:

Originally Posted by bluestems (Post 1999654)
Has anyone used sand over ada soil? I'd appreciate feedback on that. :icon_cool


bluestems 09-04-2012 09:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by somewhatshocked (Post 2000762)
People don't cap pelletized soil products with sand, typically, because the sand will settle beneath the soil.

I guess I thought it could work as ADA recommends capping the normal type aquasoil with the powder type. Wouldn't the powder type also settle?

tropicalmackdaddy 09-05-2012 12:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bluestems (Post 1999654)
Nothing, that I'm aware of. The soil was the reference in the quote.



Has anyone used sand over ada soil? I'd appreciate feedback on that. :icon_cool

Lol oops thought you meant the sand :icon_redf

somewhatshocked 09-05-2012 05:12 PM

Nope. Sand is heavier.

Feel free to search through the forum to see instances of sand settling beneath lighter substrates like Aquasoil and larger substrates like pea gravel.

Quote:

Originally Posted by bluestems (Post 2001084)
I guess I thought it could work as ADA recommends capping the normal type aquasoil with the powder type. Wouldn't the powder type also settle?


bluestems 09-06-2012 06:36 AM

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Originally Posted by somewhatshocked (Post 2001787)
Nope. Sand is heavier.

Gotcha... that makes sense now.

Here's the tank as it is now:

http://i45.tinypic.com/25fk9oh.jpghttp://


I really like the look of the sand at the base of the stones, so I think what I'll end up doing is splitting the substrate with the sand in the front and in the middle of the tank, between the stones, and the aquasoil in the back towards the front at the sides.


Thanks for the help in talking me through the thought process =)

bluestems 09-06-2012 06:37 AM

ps- I need to get the rest of my equipment soon so I'll stop over analyzing my aquascape. ;)

somewhatshocked 09-06-2012 07:46 PM

I think it looks great as it is!


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