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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-15-2017, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Half & Half PFS/ADA

Recently moved and am getting ready to ramp up my 55g.

What I am wanting to do scape wise is have roughly half of it built up with lava rock and the covered in ada and very heavily planted. Then the other half, separated by probably an artificial plastic barrier as well as some river stone will be PFS and drift wood possibly very lightly planted like some anubias glued to the wood or something.

I just want to see if anyone around here has any experience doing a split like this. I have done a lot of reading about NOT putting PFS on top of your ada as a cap. Just because of the mess and that they eventually mix anyway. I have read about how to prep your ADA for the first 2 months before stocking. I just havnt been able to find anything specifically referencing what i want to do.

The reason i want the sand is because i intend to stock with apisto's. The reason i want the ADA is i want some serious growth as it will be a no CO2 tank. Trying to figure out how to get the best of both worlds.

Any advise is greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-15-2017, 07:50 PM
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I haven't done it myself but I don't see why you couldn't do that. Just remember that you will get mixing near the borders even with a divider.
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Just do a cosmetic sand foreground for your apistos, and have the rest of the planted areas as just AquaSoil. If you mix them together you get the benefits of neither.
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Axel, that was more or less what I was planning to do. Front/right side of the tank, roughly 1/3 of the floor area to be nothing but sand and rock cover for the apisto's. The other 2/3rds to be amazon ADA and heavily planted. So when you say dont mix them together, i was not intending to literally mix them up.

on that not though, what kind of plants, if any are going to flourish in sand?
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None will flourish. Some hardier ones like monte carlo will survive. Most ADA literature mentions intentionally using sand in areas where one does not wish for plants to grow.

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instead of using aquasoil, try some organic potting soil. It's cheaper, releases natural fertilizers (no need to dose) and Co2.
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It's cheaper yes. Also messier, takes way more time to prepare, gives you a cardiac event every time you uproot a plant, can spawn algae, and releases a fraction of the CO2 a pressurized system would.

You get what you pay for, folks.

No matter what your tank size if you do things right you will very quickly make back the cost of ADA soil through plant sales.
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yea i more or less read enough about potting soil to pull the cord on it. mostly because of like you mention when uprooting the plants and the general mess it creates.

i dont intend to run pressurized co2 on this tank in the immediate future. i understand if you REALLY want to see lots of growth that it is a necessity. just not something i am prepared to start off with at the moment.

spending the money on 2-3 9L bags of ADA Amazonia isnt gonna break the bank. i figure i will be dosing either way. i just want to have good looking plants, moderate growth, and a good looking tank/environment for my apisto. if i feel the need to introduce co2 in the future i may.
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