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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-25-2018, 05:15 AM Thread Starter
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Amazonia vs controsoil!

After 5 years with no aquarium due to traveling, I wanna set up a planted tank thus investing in a middle budget tech aquarium with option to upgrade later on. My exact goal is an Iwagumi with only Dwarf Hair Grass. Dimension 50 L x 46 D x 45 H in cm. I wanna know which substrate is better Ada amazonia or Controsoil?
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Amazonia vs controsoil!

I canít speak to which is better as I donít have experience with Amazonia, however I did add Controsoil to my established tank with no deaths, no ammonia spike. Removed sand, added soil, capped with some sand again (Controsoil says not to use with heavy sifters and I have cories and a bristlenose that likes to be a butt). I can say that Iíve noticed a difference in the health of the plants as well as softer water parameters which is nice as I keep Central and South American fish.


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neither... use flourite or ecocomplete or better yet aquaflora.


i have controsoil and its no biggie . i thought it would be day and night but no...not worth the money if you have a big tank


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You can use any substrate to grow DHG, but you will need co2 to have it grow thick and healthy.
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Be prepared for lots of water changes with the ADA. Thankfully I didnt have or add fish till a month later. Its good stuff but you should follow the directions. I tried to cheat them a little and ended up with cloudy water much longer than I should have.
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neither... use flourite or ecocomplete or better yet aquaflora.


i have controsoil and its no biggie . i thought it would be day and night but no...not worth the money if you have a big tank

The OP is looking for substrate for DHG. Have you tried to plant DHG in flourite? It's horrible.
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The OP is looking for substrate for DHG. Have you tried to plant DHG in flourite? It's horrible.



Flourite sand i meant. but yea the aquasoils are the best . but if you gotta buy 8 bags of them it hurts


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Any substrate will grow DHG. It's the co2 that will make it a thick lawn.
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Controsoil XF size granules. Only way to plant carpets without wanting to chuck the tank out the window.
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