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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-29-2020, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
cale42
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My first high tech

After tinkering on and off for years I am finally starting a high tech tank from scratch for the first time ever.


Trying to sort out my substrate.


I initially just planned to bite the cost and go all Aquasoil. But I've read a couple big negatives on it.... Mostly harder to rearrange plants, and that it really is only designed to last one to two years. If history is any indicator(current tank substrate is 10+ years) this might not be a great idea. So now I'm thinking about BDBS with some kind of root fertilizer.


My two main questions are this. I was leaning dry start, but not committed, am I correct in thinking you can't dry start with BDBS because of no nutrients in the soil? Or is the root fertilizer strong enough to make this happen.


Second.. my real goal is some kind of carpet. To stay simple I am thinking Monte Carlo. I will have high light and pressurized CO2. Is BDBS enough to support this.. and maybe some day one of the more challenging carpet plants or is Aquasoil really in order here?


Thanks!!
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