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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-17-2018, 05:00 AM Thread Starter
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Alternative for ADA substrate additives

Hello all! First post from a newb

I am planning to set up a tank with ADA aquasoil Amazonia, and it would be good if I could add some additives beneath the substrate.

Are there any cheaper alternatives to these additives?:
  • ADA Tourmaline BC
  • ADA Clear Super
  • ADA Bacter 100
  • ADA Penac P
  • ADA Penac W

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 06-18-2018, 03:45 PM
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Actually don't have to use them at all. They aren't very high impact. If you want, you can substitute the bacteria with cheaper brands, helps with tank cycling

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I didn’t use any of the additives and had no issues whatsoever from the beginning till now ( 4 months). Went through the diatom phase and that’s it. No algae issues at all. Just change lots of water in the beginning.
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