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substrate question - ADA substrates

hi i am thinking about setting up a 90 gallon tank - 36x24x24 and am leaning towards a darker look with a minimalistic feel to it.

the way i have it in my mind is to not have the whole tank be overgrown with plants but to have crypts for the most part and different anubias. having said that, i am thinking about getting these types of substrate: aqua soil malaysia (9 liters) and forest sand (orinoco) 3x 8kg bags for a total of 24 kg of sand from ADA (aqua design amano).

i am wondering if layering down the aqua soil as the base and covering that up with the forest sand is the way to lay down the substrate in this case? am i using the substrate correctly? is this the way it was meant to complement each other? i'd like to end up with around 2" in the front and side edges of the tank and around 3-3.5" towards the middle and back of the tank.

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Correct me if I am wrong, but if you lay the sand on top of the aquasoil, the sand will filter through the soil and all you would see is the soil, not the sand


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Agree that anything you put over aquasoil will eventually end up mixed in with it. The forest sand looks like it is supposed to be used as a substrate by itself .

One bag of aquasoil sounds like way too little for a 90 gallon tank. I used 3.5 nine liter bags in each of my 48" long 50 gallon tanks.

Why are you interested in using the malaysia? Most folks here use the Amazonia I or Amazonia II.
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Agree that anything you put over aquasoil will eventually end up mixed in with it. The forest sand looks like it is supposed to be used as a substrate by itself .

One bag of aquasoil sounds like way too little for a 90 gallon tank. I used 3.5 nine liter bags in each of my 48" long 50 gallon tanks.

Why are you interested in using the malaysia? Most folks here use the Amazonia I or Amazonia II.
it was appearance more than anything else, really. i wanted a natural sand look that was kind of a darker brown but not reddish in tint?
does forest sand have any nutrients at all? what are my options if i go with a sand substrate? what's the best way to provide nutrients to the roots other than the obvious root tabs? peat??
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