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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-04-2018, 06:47 AM Thread Starter
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Undecided on substrate - will this work?

I’m coming over from reef tanks, so planted aquariums are new to me, I’ve been doing a lot of reading and my dad had great success with Akadama, who recommends that.

I’m thinking of mixing a diy powersand base, with some fine Akadama ontop, then capped with Flourite black or brown sand.

My concern is, the Akadama raising above the sand. I would use ADA Aquasoil powder but it’s really expensive here.

The alternative is to cap with a fine black blasting sand.

Does using a substrate like Flourite sand really justify the cost for the benefits they provide?
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It will work. The question is why you would want to make it more difficult then you have to, especially when starting out.

If the cost is a consideration, then go with fine grained sand. Pool Filter Sand (PFS) and fine blasting sand work and there are many people who use them and who could relate to your tank in case you need some advise.

If your primary focus is on growing more demanding plants, spend the money upfront and go with an active, soil based commercial substrate like AquaSoil.

Starting with 3 layers of substrates would be at the bottom of my personal list.
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Well in that case, a diy powersand with Flourite sand, I’ll go with Flourite sand. I don’t mind using a good substrate if it’s going to be worth the money? Especially as I will require quite a few bags for my tank size
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Just use sand from the hardware store... Pool filter sand.... blasting sand..

They would be 100% the exact same as flourite sand without the added cost

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As long as you don't mind the look of whitish powersand mixing up with black sand.
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Just use sand from the hardware store... Pool filter sand.... blasting sand..

They would be 100% the exact same as flourite sand without the added cost
I thought Flourite sand absorbed nutrients? And was clay based?
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Flourite = basically no CEC rating.


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Growing is not that difficult.
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Yes, I found a post that listed the CEC rating and I was surprised how little it actually had!

I think I will have a DIY powersand base topped with 1-3mm sand then, I might put the diypower sand in tights to prevent it raising above the sand and still allow roots to enter. Just to decide on larva sand which is a dark brown or black!

This is tougher than choosing a substrate for reef tanks!!!!

Iím also considering Extra hard premium Akadama soil 0.2 - 1.5mm. This is so hard

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