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What is the best substrate for heavily planted

If money was not an option what is the best substrate to use? Would there be layers?
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Mineralized Topsoil, for cost-effectiveness.





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I don't think that many people would argue that ADA aquasoil has proven itself as the best planted aquarium substrate when price is no concern. The GLA substrate may be a competitor, but I haven't heard of too many people using it. It certainly doesn't have the backing ADA aquasoil has. It can get a little cloudy when first set up and after heavy replantings, but I run a whole house filter with a 1 micron cartridge overnight and it's crystal clear in a few hours. I haven't used mineralized topsoil yet, but it has been used since the 70's with great results. One of it's drawbacks is that it clouds the water very easily when disturbed.
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Mineralized Topsoil, for cost-effectiveness.
i agree.


i am not a fan of the ada soil. it grows plants great i just think its too soft. i have grown fond of the cheaper options out there like sms/turface. i just have done my own root tabs and this summer want to try the minerlized topsoil.

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Mineralized Top Soil hands down.
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Money no problem?

Buy a tropical creek/river, build a fish room that is essentailly a house with a sunken room that has a glass wall as a side of the creek/river. Use the natural creekbed, as your substrate, and observe what happens. These are amazing. Heck, build several.
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ADA Aqua soil seems to be the easiest and simplest.

However, there are other factors, eg the user.
Aestehtics if you want a white sand look etc, or like a certain grain size or color.

I personally really hate layered sediments with sand, soil, gravel mixtures.
So I rarely do layered systems for my aqauriums.

I use the soil + sand caps almost exclusively for lab test however.
But I'm not gardening there..........

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