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Amazonia substrate selection - Help

I am redoing my 120g planted. Currently has pool filter sand substrate. It's ok but not really happy.
Planning on going with ADA Amazonia.

Question 1: Should I get couple bags of powder type and have as a first layer and then the normal type on top? or can I just use only the normal type? I am planning on having a carpet in the foreground.

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From what I see....it seems most do it the other way around...regular under powder. Or just straight one or the other.


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For a 120G tank, go regular all the way, I have grown HC in regular without issue, just stick it deep enough. Larger plants will have no problem with the normal grain size.

Powder is more to give the impression of a larger tank for nanos.

Keep up on the water changes with new ADA AS
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The one thing I would caution you on is that using Amazonia in a large tank like that can get very expensive. If you go the whole route and use it with power sand, you can end up spending about $350 on "dirt" for your tank.

I'm not saying don't do it, but you might find other options will give you similar results at a far lower cost.
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Thanks guys.


I considered other options. Used eco complete few years back. I was happy but reading reviews over here made me sway towards ADA.
Cost is a factor but really not a big deal if I could get the results.


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If you think about the number of times you change your substrate the difference in costs between AS and other substrates is really very small. You don't need the powder for carpet plants nor do you really need the powersand.
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I agree on not needing power sand. Use lava rock if your trying to create elevation. Much cheaper. Also, the amount of ammonia that will be leached will be very large. So keep in mind the water changes youíll need to do. I had to do one water change a day for a month in my 60cm. Even then I still got a bit of diatom algae. Donít want to know how much algae I would have gotten if I didnít keep up on maintenance


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I agree on not needing power sand. Use lava rock if your trying to create elevation. Much cheaper. Also, the amount of ammonia that will be leached will be very large. So keep in mind the water changes youíll need to do. I had to do one water change a day for a month in my 60cm. Even then I still got a bit of diatom algae. Donít want to know how much algae I would have gotten if I didnít keep up on maintenance


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I'll definitely do elevation. Searching for a an easy and tested way to do that.

Question about water changes. On a 120G it'll be a lot of water to change everyday. Instead of filling the tank full can I do it 50 or 60% or just where the filter intake is submerged?

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I'll definitely do elevation. Searching for a an easy and tested way to do that.

Question about water changes. On a 120G it'll be a lot of water to change everyday. Instead of filling the tank full can I do it 50 or 60% or just where the filter intake is submerged?

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You can do that, just keep an eye on the ammonia. Alternatively you can do DSM which supposedly reduces the amount of ammonia when you flood the tank.
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