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layering sand

I have a question! I have Discus and I want to
use sand for the Discus and ADA soil for the
nutrients and ph lowering. I have ph of 7.6. I use
peat and Co2. I have mostly low light plants, but
want to add some HC.
I want to keep the ada soil from mixing with the sand
on the surface when I siphon or pull plants. I was thinking
of putting a layer 1.5" of ada soil, and then putting a screen
on top of the soil, and then layering sand on top of that.
I would cut holes in the screen and plant roots. This would
be sort of a permanent scape. If I wanted to re-plant, I would
try to clear area and cut a hole in the screen to plant roots.
Any problems with this approach? Thanks!

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Why not just use an ada sand and save yourself the trouble.
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Your never going to keep the sand on the top it's going to filter down over time even with a screen as it will still flow through the plant holes that's why ADA uses the power sand on the bottom as nutrient boosters.

My PFS caps tend to filter down over time as well it's just the grain sizes working against you, my SMS/Turface caps on the other hand stay put since it's a much larger grain.

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Why not just use an ada sand and save yourself the trouble.
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Your never going to keep the sand on the top it's going to filter down over time even with a screen as it will still flow through the plant holes that's why ADA uses the power sand on the bottom as nutrient boosters.

My PFS caps tend to filter down over time as well it's just the grain sizes working against you, my SMS/Turface caps on the other hand stay put since it's a much larger grain.

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Why not just use an ada sand and save yourself the trouble.
I don't see how this solves the problem. The sand won't provide nutrients or lower the pH, and it is still going to mix with the aquasoil, just like regular sand would.


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I don't see how this solves the problem. The sand won't provide nutrients or lower the pH, and it is still going to mix with the aquasoil, just like regular sand would.
I didn't say use aquasoil. I said Use sand. In mix with powersand as a base, you have a nutrient rich substrate, sans mixing.
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