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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 04-27-2018, 07:26 PM Thread Starter
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ADA additives mixed into soil - okay?

This might be a silly question, so go easy on me.

Before I poured my ADA aqua soil, I laid down the recommended amounts of Bacter 100, Tourmaline BC, and Clear Super on the tank bottom. However, I've been moving my hardscape around so much (trying to decide where I like it) that I've pretty much mixed all those additives into the soil by now.

I will still be adding a layer of powder on top of the aqua soil before I plant and add water. Any concerns with the additives not being trapped under the soil? Do they dissolve too quickly or get lost in the filter? Should I apply a light dose again before the powder just to make sure it's evenly distributed?

And yeah, I know these additives are totally not necessary, but since I spent the money and all...

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As for the bacter 100, if ADA says it can be sprinkled on the bottom, I would guess it's an anaerobic strain of bacteria, so you should be fine.

Tourmaline is just minerals and Super Clear is supposed to be added to both substrate and water column. Again, perfectly fine.

I trust that ADA knows what they're doing. While I don't use their products myself, they are a very reputable. Having said that, pretty much all those bacteria additives will naturally occur in a matured tank, if you are patient enough and minerals/traces are easy enough to dose.
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