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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 11-12-2004, 06:18 PM Thread Starter
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akadama as top layer.. whats best under?

I am thinking of starting my first planted tank and have about 12-15 pounds of akadama soil that i would like to use, im thinking that it will give me about 1"-1.5" i was thinking of using this as a top substrate. i am most likely going to buy a 20 high and was wondering what i should use for a bottom subtrate.
I plan on having about 3.2 watts, DIY CO2, anubia, javafern, wisteria, and some sort of carpet plant.
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I've been doing a little research on this subject lately on various boards.

I will be using either Akadama or Flora Base (Unless I can get something interesting when I go to Europe or Taiwan) as a top layer over a base layer made up of a mixture of peat, pumice, possibly some charcoal, and coarse sand. This would be a DIY 'power sand' emulating the ADA product.

Do you have the fine grained Akadama? Have you tested it in your water yet? Possibly an idea to leave some in a small container for a days to a week and see what happens to the KH.

I look forward to hearing more about this project. What were you using before?

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it's not the fined grain, i got it from a freind who was into bonsai. its medium i believe, the grains are about 1/16" to 1/8"... is this still suitable?
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