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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-29-2014, 04:01 AM Thread Starter
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Red face Brain lock - help

Have you ever had the feeling of brain overload? When you have read & researched so much on a topic that you are going in circles, and then you just can't make a decision?

Help me, please!

For Christmas I received a 9g Eheim Aquastyle. Yay! I would like it to be planted, with nano fish and eventually maybe shrimp. Right now I'm stuck worrying about the substrate. What do I use?? I want it to be dark. I don't want big gravel chunks, nor do I think I can handle dirt & capping & such. I just want something plants can be happy with. It's just so hard to make a choice!!

FYI this is my first time setting up a planted tank. We have a 36 bow front with standard (natural) gravel in it. It started with plastic plants and now I have totally converted it to live plants. I'm a bit shaky on fertilizers, and the husband has been handling the filter (canister) and water testing (API kit). But this tank will be my own.
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Can't go wrong with ADA Aquasoil (Amazonia), IMO. I see it as the easy version of a dirted tank. The only downside is that it takes a long time to cycle, and depending on the shrimp (neocaridina vs caridina), you'll want to buffer it.

A 9 liter bag is more than you'll need... Perhaps even 2x 3 liter bags would be enough.

I use the powder, and my plants and cory cats love it, but it will probably turn to mud more quickly than the "normal" version.

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Eco complete may also be a good option. But my real suggestion is that you actually try the dirt tank.

Why? Because this is a new and empty tank. You don't need to rush it or be in a hurry to add fish. You have all the time in the world to research it, and do it properly, and allow it to cycle fully. And when you are done you will have learned something new and will have an excellent substrate for your plants.

If your not happy with that idea try eco complete, Mr aqua soil, or ada soil. All are good options and easy.
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i vote Fluorite Black.
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