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Busted tank may be a good thing

Last night I was making fertsicles and I noticed water seeping from under my tank. Tank specs: 29g with pfs, 65x2 coralife fixture about 4 inches above the rim, EI dosing with weekly 50%+ WC. Since the tank is going to be replaced I thought of going with a "good" substrate. I'm torn between Amazonia 2 or Eco complete. Hope someone could help me make my mind up. Since I'm still a noob I often rearange and change plants but my main plant I care about is my DHG. How many bags of each would I need for my 29 to make a gentle slope front to back? If I do get Amazonia 2 would I be able to do without power sand? Thanks in advance Clint
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Eco Complete or Seachem's Flourite would be good substrates and you should be able to find it locally for allot less than having it shipped to your door unless you have a Amazon Prime account ($75 per year) then you can get the 15lb bags shipped 2nd day free.

ADA products are great (better than anything else) but costs allot more and will spike your water parm's when you first set it up so no fish right away!.

No you don't have to buy the power sand it's a peat additive.

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If you want ADA Amazonia, get the first version, not the second. Even ADA has admitted that the second version has had problems. I would use Flourite before I would use Eco Complete. People have had problems with EC affecting the KH of the water, and it is not a nutrient rich substrate, no matter what the advertising says. ADA Amazonia is nutrient rich, but so is mineralized topsoil costing next to nothing. The disadvantage of MTS is that you need to cap it with a couple of inches of some other substrate. The tank I am setting up now will have MTS with Flourite as a capping substrate.

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Thanks Brad and Hoppy. If I decide on Flourite, Eco or ADA how many bags would I need for my tank?
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I don't think capping is the real disadvantage to MTS it's just the time and effort it takes to put it together in general. The final cap is the easiest part.

But your correact MTS is the equivalent to a full ADA setup in quality. You just ether pay up front for ADA or pay in time and effort for MTS.

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There's a plantedtank calculator you can use: https://www.plantedtank.net/substratecalculator.html

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You know I just realized your original post says your using PFS. There's nothing wrong with it I've used allot of it over the years in various tanks that do just as good as any other substrate. I've even got a high-tech tank using it.

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I know there's nothing wrong with it just using the situation to try something different. And I've been having problems with my DHG spreading. It gets so far and just stops
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I'd probably go with Flourite then. I personally like it better than Eco and you can get it with free shipping with a Amazon Prime account.

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